Lisa Major Counsellor & Psychotherapist

About Sentio Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice

My name is Lisa Major and I’d like to welcome you to Sentio Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am a fully qualified counsellor & psychotherapist. The essence of my approach is to understand your life experiences from your perspective. “Sentio” means to perceive, feel, experience, think, realise, see and understand. I chose this name for my practice because it captures the reality of what counselling and psychotherapy hopes to achieve. It is an exploration of you and who you are. It’s a journey of understanding and a chance to reflect deeply on how you feel, think and perceive your world.

“Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?”

Carl R. Rogers

There may be events or issues in your life that have created ways of relating to yourself or others that you want to explore, process and understand. This can include patterns of behaviour, emotions, thoughts, defences, motivations and crucially how you may or may not be responding to life’s challenges. The agenda of the therapy is decided by you and can involve exploring issues from your past or present. I will work relationally with you which means our sessions are collaborative in nature and the therapeutic relationship that we build together stimulates change.

“Sentio: perceive, feel, experience, think, realise, see, understand.”

Latin English Dictionary

I am trained as a person-centred, experiential counsellor and psychotherapist which is a therapeutic approach you may or may not be familiar with. What is important for you to know is that it is a well-established approach which puts your experiences as an individual at the heart of the therapeutic process. The focus of any type of counselling or psychotherapy is to achieve psychological change. However, change should always happen in your unique way and on your terms. There is no one size fits all approach in counselling and psychotherapy. The aim is to help you to achieve a greater sense of personal agency and emotional wellbeing.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

Carl R. Rogers

I also integrate other approaches into my practice such as emotion-focused therapy (EFT), focusing oriented therapy (FOT) and relational depth. This is because exploring how you experience and process feelings and emotions is a key part of my approach. Person-centred experiential counselling and psychotherapy can be effective for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, grief, and trauma to name a few. It is endorsed by NICE and the NHS where a variation of the approach is used in Counselling for Depression (CfD). You can find out more about the person-centred approach here

“Every bad feeling is potential energy towards a more right way of being, if you give it space to move towards its rightness.”

Eugene T. Gendlin

My approach encourages self-reliance, independence and autonomy. Whilst some therapies focus largely on management and alleviation of distress, person-centred experiential counselling and therapy is also a ‘growth-model.’ This means the aim of the therapy is to help you achieve greater self-understanding, expression and awareness. It can help you to reconnect with your authentic, inner-self and achieve greater clarity on growthful ways of living which are unique to you.

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