Qualifications : MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, H. Dip in Psychotherapy, Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Academic Background : Lisa graduated with an MA degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Independent Colleges in 2013. Prior to this, she received her H. Dip in Psychotherapy & a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Before embarking on the psychotherapeutic route, she studied Print & Media Journalism as well as Film Studies. She is currently completing a Professional Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Lisa is a fully accredited member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Ireland (A.P.P.I.) and of Irish Council for Psychotherapy (I.C.P.). She adheres to their code of ethics and professional conduct.
Work Experience : During her six years working as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Lisa has worked in private practice and various centers including Leeson Analytic Centre & ‘My Mind Mental Health Matters,’ based in Ranelagh. She also works for Spectrum Mental Health in the corporate sector working with businesses around the country in supporting the mental well-being of their employees, providing training and onsite resources to build positive working environments. She has completed various courses within the field of mental health. These include; ASIST (Applied Skills in the Intervention of Suicide Training), The Practice of Mindfulness, & ‘Dealing with the Aftermath of Rape’ based in the Dublin City Rape Crisis Centre. She has volunteered with Aware, and HOPE (Hands on Peer Education) Addiction Services. She resided on the A.P.P.I executive board for one year where she was on the Events Committee. She currently manages their social media profiles.
Underpinning Philosophy: Lisa’s approach Psychoanalytic in nature, which is an in-depth, non-directive talking therapy. Depending on the needs of her clients, her approach is flexible given her experience in Counselling and different types of Psychotherapy. Her approach is built on a trusting therapeutic relationship where emotional conflicts and inner struggles are worked through in a strictly confidential, and non - judgmental space. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy offers to treat both the distress, as well as the underlying sources of that distress, which are often at times unknown to the person. It works with patterns of thinking, feeling, coping and relating which the client has developed throughout their life, and which are often at times uncommunicative and outside of awareness. Using the method of ‘free association’ the client is encouraged to speak about anything that comes into their mind, no matter how unimportant or frightening they make think it is. Both the Psychotherapist and the client work together to develop insight and an understanding into oneself, which results in underlying issues being brought to attention. In turn, this enables the client to learn and understand what motivates current behaviors, outlooks and emotional turmoil’s they may be experiencing in their lives.