Lisa is returning to Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre from Cornwall having completed her research ‘Finding Solace’ that is due to be published later this year.
The research explores a mother’s response to the trauma, premature birth, intensive care and subsequent death of her baby at 5 weeks. Her paper gives a deep consideration of the less spoken about feelings of terror in grief and considers how this may be connected to unresolved trauma following hospital care and birth. She gives further consideration to the impact of earlier developmental trauma, the potential for trauma to be held through maternal lineage and intergenerational taboos that may hinder understanding and connection. Attention is also given to the bleak sense of alienation during grief.
Lisa highlights the normalcy of the ongoing process of connection with a baby who has died and challenges traditional grief theory’s notion of disconnect and ‘letting go’. She also understands how the nature of the powerful maternal bond in early infancy impacts upon the process of grief.
Lisa also makes sense of the familiar conflict of the personal responsibility for reaching out for support with the perceived limitations of our culture and society to respond with compassion to accommodate such a loss.
Lisa is also interested in the meaning of transitions into parenthood and the powerful body connection between partners through the creation of a baby. She understands how the loss of a baby may impact upon a relationship in many ways.
This new service aims to respond to the needs of those affected by the death of a baby by offering a welcoming space to take and hold the many challenging feelings in response to the life and death of a baby.
Lisa works with individuals, couples also facilitates small group work.
Lisa first established her private practice at the centre 10 years ago and has worked with individuals in private practice.
Her career began working with adolescents and but since being love struck with her first born baby boy, who was born prematurely at 27 weeks the transition into motherhood became the focus of her attention. She has since experienced two full term trauma free births and has brought up two wonderful daughters now aged 11 &12.
Lisa has expertise in the following areas pregnancy and motherhood, parenting, fertility and menopause and adoption. Also grief and loss, panic attacks, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflict and breakdown, addictions, terminal illness and death.
She has also worked within the perinatal psychiatric service in Worcestershire facilitating group work and offering psychotherapy to women experiencing anxiety and depression.
She has also worked in private practice at The Fold, Bransford, Worcestershire and in Far West Cornwall.
Lisa began her training at the Insitute for Arts in Therapy in Education in London where she developed a repertoire of creative approaches that she may use with individuals and small groups. This includes creative writing, poetry, sand tray, puppets, world figures, art. She gained a post graduate certificate in Arts in Therapy and Education.
She continue her training at Bath Centre of Counselling & Psychotherapy where she has recently been awarded an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy with adults.
Pregnancy and Baby Loss Clinic Launch Day
On Tuesday 29thMay Lisa will be offering 30 Minute Initial appointments with a minimal £15 fee.
This will allow a brief consultation and an opportunity to make an assessment and for potential clients to understand what is on offer and work out whether they wish to begin sessions.
For ongoing sessions the following fees will apply:
Individual psychotherapy sessions of 50 minutes £55
Couple sessions of 50 minutes £75
Individual structured sessions using arts & creativity
Six sessions of 1hour 30 mins @ £60 £360
Nine sessions of 1 hour 30mins @ £60 £540
Small group structured sessions (max 6)
Monthly sessions of 1 hour @ £12 per individual £12