There is no clear distinction between counselling and psychotherapy; both are talking therapies that allow people to explore their feelings and emotions and the effect they have on their lives.

Counselling

In private practice counseling might be best for clients with everyday problems while psychotherapy might be more appropriate for clients with severe or acute symptoms. In reality, however, many clients are likely to receive a blend.

Clients have many different reasons for coming to counselling or psychotherapy. Often, clients encounter distressing or stressful experiences or situations which they’d like to talk about in a safe setting.

Distressing or stressful experiences might include present circumstances of bereavement, separation, or other major life transitions, or experiences from the past, such as in childhood.

Some seek counseling to help them deal with specific psychological or behavioural traits which they’d like to alter, such as compulsive thoughts or difficulties relating to other people.

Others seek counselling to help them explore a general feeling that their lives are not quite right, or to cope with feelings of depression or anxiety.

Still others look to counseling as part of their effort to discover or create meaning in their lives. Many people are attracted to counselling as an opportunity to undertake personal development in a safe and supportive environment: it is not always necessary to have a ‘problem’ to find counseling useful.

Counselling for depression helps and supports people who are suffering from feelings of unhappiness, sadness and distress. These negative feelings may come and go, they may be constant and they may become serious.

Existentialists believe that life has no essential (given) meaning: any meaning has to be found or created. Existential counseling involves making sense of life through a personal world view and includes a willingness to face one’s life and life problems. (Source: BACP)

 

Our approach

Our approach to counselling is what is known as ‘client centred’ therapy. This differs from behavioural and psychodynamic approaches by focusing on current, subjective, issues rather than an unconscious cause.

Occasionally, issues will be more complex than they first appear, so various therapies may become useful. These will be integrated into your current programme if we think it will be beneficial for you. This is called integrative counseling.

We aim to help anyone who comes seeking it, including children and young adults. This is because life can be incredibly taxing at any stage of life and mental well-being can be affected by events that happen at any age.

All of our services are completely confidential. No client information is ever given out to third parties. However, we do include comments from clients on our website but none of them divulge the client’s full name, exact location or any other sensitive information.

If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to contact us.

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Psychotherapist and Counsellor Lisa Cross examines workplace stress and how it impacts women's lives; and that the pressure to perform at work, and as partners and mothers, can lead to tensions and self-esteem problems. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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I think more and more work is becoming a key part of women's lives. Both out of necessity and because they want to work. But I still think that a lot of women feel like they carry the lion's share of running the household and running the family as well. So, the two combined, quite often what I hear is that I feel like I'm not doing either very well, as opposed to, I'm getting the best of both worlds. It's almost like, I'm getting the worst of both worlds. And I think women put a lot of pressure on themselves to really perform at work, and to perform as mothers and to perform as partners. And I think they can feel like if things aren't going particularly well at work, they tend to allow that to feed into who they are as people. And that can really carry over into the home life as well. I think women can ruminate a lot about what a certain comment might mean and what that says about them, as opposed to being able to compartmentalise work versus home life. So, I think the two can bleed into on one, and when things aren't going very well, or where one of them is very stressful, it can really impact on someone's self-worth.

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Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, Psychotherapist and Counsellor at Pinnacle Therapy in London, discusses how she has seen some amazing changes that people have made to their lives by being open to the process of counselling. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results. Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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I think I've done...you know, I have many years' experience as a counsellor, and I've seen some of the amazing changes that people have made to their lives by being open to the process of counselling. I think it's important that people feel ready to come into psychotherapy and counselling because it creates a very emotionally charged journey. But I feel...you know, I feel very proud of the clients that I've worked with and the changes that they've made in their lives. And I feel very honoured to be able to work alongside them. But I've seen, you know, situations where people come into the counselling situation and feel...or counselling process, and feel very...unmotivated, they're powerless, that things keep happening to them. And their mood levels can be very low or they can be very high on anxiety, and actually just being heard, which is a therapeutic intervention in a way, which just being heard for, you know, what they're going through in itself can be a very powerful experience.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
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Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Menopause is a hugely important developmental stage for women, says London-based Psychotherapist and Counsellor Lisa Cross, and it can evoke very different emotions, including a sense of loss, or liberation and reflection. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results. Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Yeah, I think that menopause is a hugely important developmental stage for women and it can evoke very different emotions. I mean one of the ones that I work with quite a lot is, was there a sense of liberation in terms of children have grown up and actually there is a sense of vitality for life again, and I can actually have choices about what I do. There is also often more of an idea of reflection as well. So reflecting back on what my life has been like and the roles that I now inhabit, and how did I get there. So in a way it's a bit of a time for a bit of a clear out, it's a bit like clearing out your wardrobe and throwing away the things that are no longer useful. But actually also preparing for a second stage of life, so there can be some loss involved during that time but also a very exciting time about moving on.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
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Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Psychotherapist and Counsellor Lisa Cross discusses how she works with women who seek to adjust their core beliefs, based on early messages they accepted while growing up, but which now affect their self esteem. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Yeah, I feel that it's really important to understand core beliefs, and with a lot of women, I work very hard with them to try to unearth those early messages. Now we know from lots of research that women, and girls particularly, are conditioned to feel like they can't take up too much space in the world, that their objective is to care for others. And quite often what that can result in, is what we might term adaptive behaviour. In other words, people become people pleasers. So if they're not people pleasing, there's this sense of, "What's the core belief?" That, "I'm letting people down," or that, "I'm not good enough." And I think that's why it's really important to get to that root so that we can help adjust thinking in that way.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
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Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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London-based psychotherapist and counsellor Lisa Cross from Pinnacle Therapy discusses the uncomfortable and debilitating feeling that anxiety causes in people, especially among female clients in recent times. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results. Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Anxiety is probably the most common thing that I see walking through the therapy room door, and I see it a lot in women at the moment. and I think it's because the society that we're currently living in is very much about having to get everything perfect all the time and that will be both for women in the work place, and at home and with friends, and in terms of what they look like. And I think the idea of if your core belief is you're not good enough, it can really result in a lot of anxiety in everyday life which can be very, very uncomfortable and actually very debilitating.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
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Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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London-based psychotherapist and counsellor Lisa Cross says that while friendships and friends' advice can be useful and supportive, therapists offer something different, because they work out, from your perspective, what your choices are. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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It can be true that women are thought of as being better about talking about their feelings and their emotions, and quite often they may have very good support networks and very close friendships, but from my perspective, I think there is a difference between seeking out the advice of friends and going to see a therapist, and I think the main one is friends very much want to collude with you. You know, they to say, "You're absolutely right," or, you know, "What you need to do is...," and really give you advise about what to do. Whereas the key difference with a therapist, is they want to sit alongside you and work out, from your perspective, what your choices are and what the best way forward is. So whilst friendships and friends' advice can be really useful and very, very supportive, I think a therapist can offer something very different.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
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Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, Psychotherapist and Counsellor at Pinnacle Therapy, offers advice on whether counselling is right for everyone and how, even if someone doesn't feel ready, it can be useful to consider in the near future. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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I think it can help everyone that feels ready to come to counselling. I think sometimes clients might not be ready, but even so, it's often very useful to come along and find out what counselling's about. And what I'd hope to do is give them a good enough experience of that, so even if it's six months to two years down the line, they would feel able to come back and see the use in it.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, a London-based Psychotherapist and Counsellor who works with individuals and couples on a short-term or long-term basis, considers how stress causes a variety of issues and why counselling can help. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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The kind of issues that I might work with, again, huge variety of things from relationship issues, to health anxiety, to people that might come because they're just feeling a bit out of control with their lives and they really want to understand how they can move forward. And the way that I would help with that is to find what we're going to focus on very specifically initially, and again because my belief is that at the same patterns in almost whatever we do, that can be really useful to find something that's quite manageable to deal with first of all. And again, what I'd be doing is looking at trying to add some understanding as to why that behaviour or that issue might have developed to look at how it's impacting on life at the moment and then moving forwards to the future, setting some goals and understanding how the client might get there.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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London-based Psychotherapist and Counsellor Lisa Cross from Pinnacle Therapy briefly looks into the topic of self doubt, particularly for women, and that much of the problem stems from learned behaviour in early life. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Self-doubt I think is a really common concept, especially in women. And my approach to that is to work very much with understanding where that's come from. You know what again were those early messages that women might have heard that means that they can't trust their own opinions or they can't trust their own view on the world. And I think that once they understand that actually a lot of self-doubt is learned behaviour, it gives them the opportunity to think, "Well how could I learn behaviour that might enable me to be more solid about who I am?"

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, Psychotherapist and Counsellor at Pinnacle Therapy in London, discusses the complex issue of how infertility can affect women on an emotional level and how it relates to the concept of loneliness. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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I think one of the main components of infertility is the concept of loneliness for women, back to our collective unconscious image of what life should be like, you know, maybe getting married, married, finding out you're having a baby, and everything being happy, and, you know, and it's just one of life's natural progressions, one of life's natural stages. And for women that reach an age or maybe decide that they want to start a family and then spend one, two, three years trying, they can feel very alone in that. They can be surrounded by people that are constantly announcing that they're having babies, and, you know, that can be a very lonely place. And I think the way counselling can help is to give a very open space for women to express some of those feelings, and also to look at what the options are for them in the future, you know, to accept that it's not ideal, this is not what they would've wanted, and at the same time giving them hope as to what, perhaps, a new family situation might look like.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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London-based Psychotherapist and Counsellor Lisa Cross from Pinnacle Therapy talks about why the number of sessions may vary and how therapist and client work together to understand what the focus of the sessions should be. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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The number of therapy sessions that you might need can be very dependent on what can be offered. For instance, for some clients, they're working under an insurance policy, so they're only granted, say, eight sessions. For other clients, they might only have a limited budget. Some people want to just see where it goes. But in all of that, I think what's most important is that the therapist and the client work hard to understand what the focus of the work is, so that however many sessions you have, the client can see some benefit from it.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, Psychotherapist and Counsellor at Pinnacle Therapy in London, introduces herself and outlines her specialisms, such as helping people with trauma; short-term therapy using CBT; and longer-term therapy. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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My name's Lisa and I work for Pinnacle Therapy. I do CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a lot for them, which is very short-term focused. I also work for the City of London Police doing trauma work, and I've got a lot of experience in longer term therapy. And, I guess, I do tend to see a lot of women as part of my client group.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, Psychotherapist and Counsellor, describes the common symptoms of a panic attack, such as shortness of breath and feeling "frozen in the moment", which can be a frightening experience, especially the first time. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Panic attacks can be a really frightening experience for people, especially the first time that they have one. The most common symptoms are: feeling out of breath, shortness of breath, perhaps feeling frozen in the moment, you know, not knowing what to do, where to go, the heart might be beating very fast. There might be some similarities to almost fainting. And we know physiologically that all of these signs are about the release of adrenaline into our bodies. And actually that's got a very useful...it's very useful to have that as a response, if for instance we're being chased by a tiger down the road. But often when people develop that response to everyday events, they need to learn how to handle that surge in their body. Maybe look for the early signs that something is about to trigger it. So what we try to do in therapy is arm them with as many tools as possible, so that they can feel ready to deal with it when it happens.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Post-natal depression is "very difficult for women to admit that they have," says Lisa Cross (Psychotherapist and Counsellor at London's Pinnacle Therapy), who outlines briefly how she approaches the issue with people. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Postnatal depression is something that I've worked with quite a lot. It's one of those areas that I think is very, very difficult for women to admit that they have, and I think that's because our collective unconscious as a society has this view of what new motherhood should be like, and as we know, so often, it falls very short of that. So, I think for women that are going through a very difficult time after the birth of their child, encouraging the idea that, actually, this can be a normal thing to experience, and also, you know, being understanding that people don't have the tools and people do feel different emotions after giving birth, is a way that I like to work with people.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Central London-based Psychotherapist and Counsellor Lisa Cross, from Pinnacle Therapy, outlines how she works with clients in the counselling room to reduce stress in their day-to-day lives. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Well, we know that stress is felt very much in the body, so I try to work with clients and their bodies quite a lot as a way of helping them to control those feelings of stress, because I feel...it feels like that's a very effective, immediate way of bringing stress levels down. Then we would look to work with the trains of thought they get on. So when they...you know, when they're hit with a stimulus, where do they go to with that? And in the counselling room, we will try to set up ways of challenging those thought processes and testing the evidence so that we can perhaps help to train the brain to think in a slightly different way. One of the lovely quotes that I really like to share with clients is the idea that, "Our power lies in the space between stimulus and response." So while it might feel a bit clunky in terms of learning to think of new...learning to think in new ways when we first started to do it. We are, in fact, learning new tools as a way of dealing with life stresses.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Counselling enables people to reflect on how they can move forward, says Lisa Cross (Psychotherapist and Counsellor at London's Pinnacle Therapy), and to identify which bits of their life they want to change. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Counselling can help people with a wide variety of issues. I mean my belief is that one of the very most important parts of successful counselling is that the client and the therapist feel like they work well together. So in the way I work is quite often the relationship I have with my client is central to the work, and I think that in itself provides the right environment to contain quite emotive and emotional stuff to be unpacked in the room. Again it's all about feeling safe and held, and yeah giving clients the opportunity to reflect on how they can move forward, which bits of their life they're happy with and which bits that they might want to tweak or change.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, Psychotherapist and Counsellor at Pinnacle Therapy in London, explains what a psychotherapist does – how they work alongside clients and help them go through issues that are difficult in their lives. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Therapists tend to work alongside their clients. They kind of sit with them, if you like, and help them go through issues that are difficult in their lives. I'm thinking particularly here about a very common theme I see in women that come to see me in the therapy room is anxiety. That seems to be really common at the moment. I think that is borne out of the society that we live in. Also, looking back at perhaps what the early messages were to those women from parental injunctions, maybe from school days, they can really understand where that's come from and what's fuelling the anxiety in their lives. I think my job as a therapist is both to offer therapeutic authority whilst at the same time feeling like I'm alongside the client in helping them work it out.

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Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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The key difference between relationship counselling and one-to-one counselling, is that in couple's therapy, a counsellor looks at is what is co-created between two people, as Lisa Cross (Psychotherapist and Counsellor from Pinnacle Therapy) explains. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Often, when women come to see me, there might be some focus on their relationship, or I might see a couple. And I think the key difference between relationship counselling and one-on-one counselling, is that what you're looking at is what's co-created between two people. So, in a sense, you're looking at the space between the two people in the room. And the most common intervention for couples, and the most powerful way of showing them maybe what might be causing issues in their relationship, is to look at how they communicate with each other. Quite often we're making assumptions about what somebody else is thinking, or we're not understanding the impact we're having on somebody else. So, the way I work with dealing with relationship-type issues, is to get people to understand their parts, what they bring to the relationship. And looking at how they can change their response to what's coming their way. And it's amazing. Even though we know that we can't specifically change somebody else's behaviour, once you change your own, it's amazing how everything changes around you.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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London-based Psychotherapist and Counsellor Lisa Cross from Pinnacle Therapy gives a brief definition of counselling – how it provides a safe space where clients feel comfortable to reflect on problematic issues or behaviours. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Well, the way I like to think about counselling is, it's a safe space where clients feel very comfortable with their chosen therapists to give them time to reflect on and then pick issues or behaviours that they're not finding very useful in their lives at the moment.

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Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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Lisa Cross, psychotherapist and counsellor at Pinnacle Therapy, talks about why some women seek therapy for relationship issues, especially when they "follow the same pattern" of being attracted to the wrong kind of person. http://pinnacletherapy.co.uk

Pinnacle Therapy is the psychological specialist in personal and business transformation. A leading provider of science-based consultancy, training, coaching and therapy, we take a holistic approach and often blend methods, such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and training, to ensure lasting results.

Based in central London, Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and mediator. We have since grown into a team of expert therapists and consultants that provide a tailored improvement experience to individuals and businesses.

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Lots of women come and see me about relationship issues and I hear a lot about particular relationships have ended. Why do I always follow the same pattern? Why am I always attracted to people that display these kinds of characteristics? Freud has a lovely theory on that called repetition compulsion. So essentially what it looks at is that we all have various deficits from our childhood. But for some people, there's a need to find partners that can repeat those deficits in adulthood. So that we can feel if we've managed to have a different outcome, we've repaired all the wounds in us. So I think for me that understanding really works. There's a sense of being pulled towards things that we know might not be good for us, and I think the way counselling can help that is to really highlight that process so that you become very aware of it. My belief is, the more self-awareness we have, the more we can let go of the idea of that's just who we are, but actually we have a choice in it.

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Lisa Cross
Lisa Cross
Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Lisa Cross is a qualified and accredited counsellor. Her training and work practice centres on an integrative approach, with the client and counsellor relationship being at the very heart. The techniques Lisa uses focuses on clients being able to measure their positive changes, and is there to help unravel, unpick and dissolve any issues. Lisa has worked in private practice for five years, and previous to that, helps a counselling role at a number of GP surgeries, as well as Roehampton University and a local care home. She has also been a staff counsellor too. Lisa has experience in working with clients on a broad range of areas, including bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicidal tendencies, life transition issues and relationship and self-esteem problems. She works with both individuals and couples on a short-term and longer-term basis, depending on their needs. Read full bio view less


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