Lisa SanfilippoIntegrative psychotherapist
Why seek therapy?
While you may be seeking therapy to help you out of a dark or difficult time, therapy is a great gift that you give to yourself.
We learn a great deal about ourselves, about others and ultimately about living life with more ease and enjoyment.
We will sit together and get curious about what you learnt growing up and in your life to date.
These created your world-view, assumptions- even your bodily responses to situations that you face today.
We will come to understand how your unique history and the ways you manage your world work for you- and where they are causing pain or limiting you.
We will find your best ways to unblock and release those old patterns, and learn about the new ways of seeing and being that work for you.
We peer through different lenses to understand who you are and who you may become, including the impact of your culture, gender identity, class, education.
Together we come to understand your personality, your responses and even what you might call your soul-nature.
How we can work together
We work together integratively, and come to understand who you are from your perspective first.
We then seek change in ways that align to your innate strengths, and world-view helping you to grow from there.
As a therapist I look through multiple lenses. Psychodynamic, somatic, humanistic, transpersonal and existential (if these words mean anything to you!).
A lot of my work with trauma, anger, anxiety, depression and conflict is underpinned by training in working with the body-mind connection (Somatics and Polyvagal theory).
I am not a therapist who sits mute, but reflects, asks questions and where helpful, we use tools and frameworks that can move us along in the therapy.
If there is a resource or perspective that can help, I’ll offer it to help you build your own knowledge and resilience.
By the same token, we will work together with patience, allowing trust to build and the work to unfold.
Our long-held patterns have taken years to form, and while we may see change quickly, patience and compassion allow us to work all the angles to dislodge the particularly tough patterns.
*I offer a free 15 minute chat on Zoom or telephone so you can see whether working together might be a good fit. You can use this time to ask any questions or just see what sense you get. After that, if you feel it's a good fit, you can choose to book a first full-length session.*
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Sleeping better matters
I am a recognised expert in working with insomnia and sleep difficulties, having published two books on the subject, and having written for several magazines. You can approach me to work directly on Sleep Recovery for a short or limited course of sessions- or choose to work together on sleep as part of a broader therapeutic relationship.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Normal fees for in person sessions are £125/ session with some concessions available based on circumstances, and online.
Training and qualifications
I have the following qualifications and education
-PG Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP and UKCP) from the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (a 5 year course).
-Continuing studies in Polyvagal Therapy applied to therapy, Trauma, PTSD
-MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy Research- CCPE London w/ Northampton University
-Msc Social Policy- London School of Economics
-BSc Sociology- Brown University (USA)
-Additional undergraduate study: Harvard University (Extension) & Boston College
*I was a yoga teacher and yoga therapist for 20 years, and integrate an advanced understanding of somatics, neurophysiology, breath work and movement into my therapeutic approaches*