Lisa Adams-Davey is an integrative Psychotherapist for Adults, Children, and Young People within her own private practice, Trust Therapy (www.trusttherapy.org), in East Sussex. She works as a Counsellor with CRUSE Bereavement Care and is a Freelance Therapist for SEN children at Sensory Soft Play, Hastings. She has been a School Project Manager and Counsellor with Place2Be Children’sMental Health, and a Therapist with Butterflies (for children suffering Trauma and Abuse), CalmFarm (group children’s therapy), and ALRA Drama School.
In addition to Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Lisa is qualified to offer Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Laughter Therapy, and Reiki Healing, and is a trained Teacher, Suicide Interventionist, and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Lisa is an Accredited Registrant with the
National Counselling Society. As a Therapist, Lisa utilises humanistic and psychodynamic methodologies, in a client-centred approach, to enable self-exploration and understanding. She is influenced by Jungian Analyses and, if client-appropriate, interweaves such models as TA, Gestalt, CBT, and Expressive and Play Therapies into her work.
Originally having trained and graduated as an actor from the East 15 Acting School, Lisa chose to dedicate herself to her education, and that of others. She studied at, and graduated from, various institutions, including, Bretton Hall (University of Leeds), the University of Bolton, and Huddersfield
University. This resulted in her enjoying over 30-years as a Tutor, Trainer, Consultant, Senior Lecturer, and Manager, alongside working as an Actor and Director, in the Performing Arts Industry, before entering the Psychotherapy / Counselling profession. Her last positions, in education, were as a Senior Lecturer and Personal Tutor at Edge Hill University, a Consultant in Acting (Stagecraft) for Opera Singers at the Royal Northern College of Music, an External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University, and an AQA Moderator and Examiner.
In her past roles, Lisa was active in Curriculum Development and was the original author of the Foundation and Top Up Degrees in Contemporary Performing Arts for both Leeds Metropolitan University and Blackpool and the Fylde College. She was an Institutional Teaching and Learning Fellow at Edge Hill University (2015-2018), where she was also the designer, founder, and manager of the Student Peer Mentor Scheme in Performing Arts (2010-2018), which focused on Mental Health. Lisa has sat on various boards and steering groups, and has been passionately active in positively influencing, and nurturing, the student experience.
Lisa’s research concentrated on Performance, Therapy, and Mental Health and she founded, is a performer with, and the Artistic Director of, the alumni therapeutic theatre company Confiança Collaborative (www.confiancacollaborative.com), which received international recognition for having a “positive and constructive impact on society” (The Good News Planet, New York, October 2014 – http://goodnewsplanet.com/lisa-adams-davey-kathleen-whitehead-english-producerhost-racheal-owens/).
In 2015, Lisa was awarded an International Certificate of recognition from LivingWorks, Canada, for her contributions to building Suicide-Safer Communities, and she has experience of facilitating with the NHS on Stress Reduction courses. Lisa has written and presented academic papers, and
facilitated workshops, on Performance and Mental Health at various National and International Conferences, and collaborated with Health Professionals on creating innovative teaching aids. She was also the Technical Consultant for Sodexo’s Global Mental Health and Wellbeing Training
Programme (2018), which was written to address the needs of over 400,000 employees across 70 countries.
Whilst Lisa has a deep gratitude for the many occasions that have been afforded her throughout her career and life, so far, she believes that every experience, no matter how diverse, can provide us with enriching opportunities from which we can self-discover and grow. In addition, she supposes
that individuals have a unique way of ‘being’. Therefore, as a Tutor/Trainer and Therapist, she tailors her approach to individual needs, working organically and creatively, whilst providing a safe and confidential space within which to learn, self-reflect, and develop. Lisa’s philosophy is based
on fostering trust and building a comfortable rapport, in a professional, supportive, non- judgemental, fulfilling, and relaxed environment.