close

Lisa Alfrey

London
Anxiety
Depression
Oncology
Relationships
Return to work
Stress
Send message

Me in a nutshell

I am a chartered psychologist who enjoys working with people to explore their unique meaning of an experience. My work often focuses on how that meaning informs the person's way of being in their world, what its costs and benefits are, and how it can manifest as anxiety, relationship issues and other forms of distress.

The thing that has shaped me most as a therapist?

I found Viktor Frankl's book called Man's Search for Meaning a profound read for me as a therapist. It is a moving, thought provoking read about his survival of the holocaust and the power of interpretation and meaning that we bring to our lived experience.

How my patients describe me

I have been told that I come across as warm and non judgmental. I have also been described as being very direct within my sessions. Depending on the presentation of the client, I believe it brings out different characteristics within me.

My specialities

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Oncology
  • Relationships
  • Return to work
  • Stress

I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.

My qualifications & experience

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Regent's University
  • Foundation Course in Counselling, Regent's University
  • Bachelor of Arts with Specified Honours in Psychology
  • Certificates of Occupational Test Use (formerly Levels A and Level B), Cambridge University
  • Over 10 years of experience in mental health: at community counselling centres, GP surgeries, an oncology department, a school (play therapy for children)
  • Co-founded a company providing qualitative research training and bespoke programmes for corporate clients.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a more structured, goal-oriented approach to therapy. According to CBT, destructive behaviours result from unhealthy emotions, and unhealthy emotions stem from distorted patterns of thinking - for example, overgeneralising, catastrophising, magnifying negatives and minimising positives. CBT helps clients to identify and challenge these cognitive errors, to replace them with more realistic thoughts and to learn coping skills and practical strategies that minimise dysfunctional behaviour.

Existential Therapy

Existential Therapy focuses on our subjective way of being here and now and the unique meaning we give to our experiences. In this approach, there is no right or wrong way of being. Instead, it's important to realise the power and responsibility inherent in our choices, the freedom to make new ones and the need to face reality, rather than try to escape from it. Existential therapy explores our unique responses to universal questions like alienation, despair, meaninglessness and mortality, but its ultimate goal is to help us live with deeper awareness, authenticity, courage, presence and awe.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is based on the Buddhist practice of focusing our attention on the present moment and responding to whatever is happening with acceptance, curiosity and openness. Mindfulness helps us learn to notice our thoughts and feelings without judging or identifying with them. In this way we can acknowledge and observe what's happening to us without reacting to it in self-destructive ways. Mindfulness helps us 'catch' ourselves before we get sucked down a rabbit hole of self-criticism and rumination. It has been found especially effective in the treatment of depression, stress and addiction relapse.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious because they may be too painful for the conscious mind to process. These repressed emotions don’t go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to examine our current challenges at their roots, to make the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.

Fees

Sessions with me start at £80. We will meet once a week for 50 minutes. I offer both long-term and short-term therapy, as well as Skype and telephone sessions.