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About Me



Lis Starkey-Smets



Hello, my name’s Lis and I am an Integrative counsellor / therapist.


I understand that taking the first steps to seeking professional help can feel incredibly daunting, and that opening up to a complete stranger is not an easy thing to do. Let me assure you that together, we can work at a pace that feels comfortable to you.


You can contact me via email or telephone – whichever you feel most comfortable with. You can take your time to ask any questions you may have, or we can arrange to meet for a face-to-face appointment.


In the initial session I will tell you a bit about what is involved and how I work, and you will have the opportunity to tell me about the difficuties you are experiencing and what you would like to achieve by working together. You decide what you are comfortable sharing with me. Some people like to “get it all out there” whereas others give me a little peek into their lives, with the rest coming in later sessions, when they are ready. There is no right or wrong here.


You can ask any questions you may have, and can take as long as you need to decide whether you would like to make a follow up appointment.



Now a little bit about me…


As an ‘integrative’ therapist I have trained in a range of therapeutic approaches, and develop a way of working with you that is most appropriate to your unique needs and experiences.


I am humanistic in my approach to therapy, integrating existential, gestalt and person-centred approaches, and occasionally other approaches where it is appropriate. If you would like to know more about this please don’t hesitate to ask.


As a therapist, I offer:


  • a genuine desire to help, and to learn about you and the difficulties you are facing.
  • a relationship based on acceptance and respect.
  • the ability to really listen, and to respond empathically and with sensitivity in order to support you in addressing the difficulties in your life.
  • a willingness to adapt my approach to suit your uniqueness as a person with your own distinctive needs.





I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2004 and my Certificate in Counselling skills in 2005.

I have completed a graduate certificate (2013), postgraduate certificate (2014) and postgraduate diploma (2015) in Integrative Psychotherapy and am currently completing the final stage of my MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy which is accredited by UKCP (see ‘Professional Membership and Accreditation’ below).





Before starting my private practice I worked as a counsellor for the Parenting Project Counselling Service in Stratford Upon Avon and for Age UK Warwickshire.


Prior to my psychotherapy training I worked as a primary school teacher and as a domestic violence support worker for Victim Support Warwickshire.


I have experience of working with a wide range of psychological / emotional difficulties, and have developed a particular interest in working with parents, particularly new parents experiencing difficulties during the postnatal period.

My prior experience of working in a primary school setting also means I have an excellent understanding of working in this type of environment.



Continuing Professional Development


I regularly attend CPD events, workshops and lectures as part of my professional development.

For a full list of these, click here.



Professional Membership and Accreditation


I am an accredited registrant member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and abide by their ‘Code of Ethics’.


I am also a student member of the UPCA (Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association) as I work towards registration with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).

I abide by both the UPCA’s ‘Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics’ and the UKCP’s ‘Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct’.





A little bit about me…

I live on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon with my husband, our young son and our cat.
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