Welcome to

Brighter Beginnings Therapy

"Shame dies when stories are told in safe spaces"

~ Ann Voskamp

Hello and Welcome

Are you looking to find your self-worth again after an abusive relationship? Do you need a registered trauma psychotherapist who can work with you to empower you in a non-judgemental and empathic way?

I have experience surviving domestic abuse and trauma, and working with others to heal from narcissistic emotional abuse, trauma bonding, and co-dependency. We can work together to enable you to understand how domestic violence affects your mind, body, and well-being.

Working in a trauma-informed way, I can work with you to navigate your way through the emotions of shame, guilt, and fear in a safe and nurturing way.

Contact me to arrange a free discovery call to informally chat about how I can work with you on your healing journey.

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Lisa at Brighter Beginnings therapy narcissistic abuse and trauma therapist online and in Leeds West Yorkshire

About me

I am Lisa, and I am a survivor of domestic violence; I use my experiences and training to work with others to find their brighter beginning. Learning to trust yourself again after gas-lighting and having your self-worth eroded is hard, and with the right support, you CAN heal from trauma and abuse.

I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with a degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University. I am fully insured, DBS checked and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), ensuring peace of mind that you are on your counselling journey with a qualified professional who follows the BACP ethical framework.

In addition to working as a psychotherapist in my private counselling practice, I also volunteer as a counsellor at a secondary school in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

I work primarily with those who are trying to leave, or who have left, an abusive relationship and want to shed the trauma bonds and find their self-worth again.

Speak in Confidence

Your counselling can take place online, or at a counselling space in LS27, Leeds, West Yorkshire, where I will listen with sensitivity and

empathy – and without judgement. In our counselling sessions, thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidentiality. The BACP ethical code of conduct binds me, so you can be sure I am working safely and ethically.

A problem shared…

Reaching out to speak about abuse can feel scary and I understand that because I have been there.

Counselling psychotherapy can provide you with a set of tools you can use to gain a better understanding of what has happened to you, the feelings that can arise – and how you can move towards managing and resolving them.

Healing from trauma

Working together, we can work through your experiences in a trauma-informed way, this means validating your experiences, building trust and creating resilience to build up your self-worth and heal from your trauma. Narcissistic emotional abuse and toxic relationships erode your sense of self, we can work together to find your brighter beginning.

What issues can therapy help with?

People come to me for various issues and I specialise in issues related to trauma and emotional abuse. Here are a few of the difficulties that I can support you with through counselling psychotherapy:


Low self-confidence

Low self-esteem


Anger management



Triggers after trauma

Anxiety and panic attacks

Disability and carer topics

LGBTQIA+ themes


Effects of gas-lighting

Trauma responses



Sleep problems



Trauma bonds


Coping strategies


Getting Started

It is natural to feel nervous the first time we speak, and I offer a free, informal online or phone discovery call to discuss what you would like to achieve through counselling. You have already made the first step by getting in touch, so you will feel more comfortable when you attend regular sessions with me as your therapist. I work in a trauma-informed way to prevent feelings of re-traumatisation in our sessions.

Counselling sessions are conducted online using Google Meet or in-person at counselling rooms in LS27, and last 50 minutes. Online sessions cost £60, in-person sessions are £70 and are payable by bank 48 hours before your session takes place. There is no set number of sessions, and regular reviews will take place to ensure your counselling goals are being met. You can finish your sessions at any time.

To start your journey to a brighter beginning, use the contact form below to arrange a free, informal discovery call where you can ask any questions you may have. We can discuss what you would like to achieve though your therapy and how best to move forward together.

Get In Touch

Don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions about how I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist or to arrange a free discovery call.

This is a short, free and informal appointment that enables us to discuss what you hope to achieve through counselling and how I can support you.

If you would prefer to speak to me first fill out the form with your phone number and I can call you. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have before arranging your first counselling session.

© Lisa Furnish

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