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Mrs Lisa Paul

Mrs Lisa Paul

Mobile 0419 981 902
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Lisa Paul

Mobile 0419 981 902

Appointments available either Face-to-Face in Penrith NSW or via Zoom online. To book your session, contact 0419 981 902

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Level 1, Unit 4, 450 High Street, Penrith, NSW 2750 0419 981 902 PHONE 0419 981 902

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Online Video Consultations 
  • I have spent many years caring and supporting couples as they transition into parenthood.

    ​This combined with my never ending love of learning, took me from the wards in the hospitals into a more specialised service in mental health. I transitioned from being a Midwife to now a Perinatal Counsellor/Psychotherapist - and I love it.​​

    I am passionate about parents and babies getting off on the right foot together, getting mothers to feel better about themselves as mothers. 

    I know the difficulties that arise and I hear you when you say out loud "this is not what I thought it would be". Navigating those emotions that come with the loss of who you used to be and the unknowing of who you are now, can be worked through and you can recover

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Depression, Family / Parenting, Fertility / Pregnancy, Grief / Bereavement, Postnatal Depression, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed

    I have attended a number of different therapeutic courses post graduation that specialise in Trauma work and Grief and Loss
    I am a Circle of Security Parenting facilitator which is an attachment based course and which I incorporate some of the theory into my sessions with parents who are struggling with connecting to their babies.
    I also run workshops on Perinatal & Infant Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals/Family support workers - anyone who is working with families.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Grad Cert. Mental Health Nursing - 2020 - Western Sydney University
    • Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 2015 - Australian College of Applied Psychology
    • Diploma in Nutrition - 2009 - Nature Care College
    • Advance Diploma Homeopathy - 2005 - Nature Care College
    • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery - 1995 - Western Sydney University

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    As a therapist, I draw on my counselling training and my experiences and education as a Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse/Midwife & Circle of Security Practitioner. I have done ongoing training's in psychotherapy and trauma work. I have worked with women who have complex backgrounds and women who are just struggling coming to terms with motherhood. Everyone's story of how they got to where they are now - is different,

    Background

    I have been working with mothers who have been struggling with mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, for the past 4 years. 
    I have spent a lot of time learning and studying various therapies and how they work in helping people affected by trauma. I wanted to understand the effects of trauma on the brain and more importantly how the mind deals with this.
    The foundations for my practice, stem from my experience as a midwife/nurse for the past 25 years, however the increase in anxiety/depression, birth trauma and previous traumas became more and more evident and I knew that this was a field I wanted to explore this further and build my expertise around.

    Appointments

    Face to Face appointments are available in Penrith NSW


    Transport and Parking

    Penrith - Free 1-2 hour parking spots available in Judges Carpark - Union Lane Penrith
    or
    5 min walk from Penrith Trains/buses station.

    Fees

    $160 inc. GST per 60 min session

    Payment Options

    Payment is via EFT prior to online appointments or at beginning of session.
    Credit card/EFTPOS payments accepted.



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    10 Questions with Lisa Paul

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I saw there was a gap in the health system in supporting mothers and fathers especially with the transition to parenthood. Everybody focuses on the birth of this baby and the baby itself when it comes but how many times do YOU feel heard? How many times do people check in and ask how your going?
      In my experience, while having a baby is a wonderful experience, it also comes with an enormous trailer load of different feelings - which can be different for everyone. Commonly, issues around not being a good enough mother, loss of your identity, relationship difficulties and all the psychosocial aspects around finances, employment, previous mental health complaints and traumas - its a list that is as individual as the birth experience itself.
      I wanted to support mothers, to help them find in them their own sense of worth as a mother, to show them that its not a perfect set up and nor should it be, that its ok to make mistakes. I also have a passion to work with those wounded mothers, those who have had difficult childhood experiences, traumas from childhood or from the birth. Mothers who have had anxiety that it feels like its crippling and depression so deep that you struggle just to "be there" for your child.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • My main approach which has also made a huge difference in my own life has been the work of Dr Richard Schwartz. He developed the evidence based Internal Family System model of therapy and I have embraced this whole heartedly both professionally and personally.
      I love the gentleness, simplicity and the non pathologizing aspect of this model.
      I don't believe that people come into mental health problems as a baby, I believe that it comes through our experiences and influences from our families, culture and society as we are growing up.
      His model has resonated so deeply with me and when I describe it to my clients, its like something clicks in them.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • The Perinatal area from pregnancy to postnatal period of first couple of year and women who have a trauma background who feel ready to work with that.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Internal Family Systems
      Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
      Person Centred
      Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
      Compassion focused Therapy
      EMDR
      CBT
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That varies on how open the client feels to start to heal an how motivated they are for therapy.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Oh I love it.
      I cannot see me doing anything else now.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Seeing my clients start to get that self awareness and insight. That's when healing begins.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Hell YES Lol.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Wow where to I start............
      Social Media - while I have it, I hate it too......
      I think communication is a huge problem, we are losing the ability to know how to interact with each other personally.
      Less tolerance towards each other and so much judgement and criticism.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Becoming Us by Elle Taylor for parents who have just had a baby. Great book on how relationships change and why.

      Hold me Tight by Dr Sue Johnson - great one for helping relationships in general.

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    Mrs Lisa Paul

    Lisa Paul

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    I am a Perinatal Psychotherapist and Mental Health Nurse, working with mothers and their babies. I offer you a space and safety to work through your experiences, feeling supported and cared for without judgement. I understand that all clients have different needs, some need support through loss, some need support adjusting, some need to work through past experiences and emotions that are impacting as they become parents. This is what I do WITH you. Support, guide and help you navigate your way....

    • Penrith
    • CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed