Lisa Wake

Lisa Wake

Lisa Wake is Managing Director of Awaken Consulting and Training Services Ltd.

After starting her career in NHS clinical practice as a nurse, Lisa moved into NHS management in 1992, until she left to commence her own shared business in 1997. Using NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) as a launch pad, Lisa has developed extensive experience as a Coach, Facilitator, Change Agent, Trainer, Supervisor and Mentor. Now a Master Trainer of NLP, Lisa is also accredited by the UKCP as a neurolinguistic psychotherapist and has an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice focusing on the applied psychology of NLP. 

Lisa has served as Chair and Vice Chair of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) in a voluntary capacity and was instrumental in working with the Government and Dept of Health on the statutory regulation of psychology, psychotherapy and counseling, and the recently published White Paper on the regulation of non-medical professionals. She worked closely with Skills for Health in implementing the ground work for the development of National Occupational Standards for Psychotherapy. She also challenged the notion of a therapeutic mono-culture for psychotherapy and provided researched based evidence within the Dept of Health and House of Lords to counter the drive by the Dept of Health to exclude equally effective forms of psychotherapy.

Lisa is advisor to Association of NLP and was also on the steering committee of the first International NLP research conference at Surrey University. Renowned for her track record of ethics, training and standards in NLP, Lisa is one of the few academically published researchers and writers within the field of NLP. In partnership with Jeremy Lazarus and the Lazarus Consultancy, Lisa runs the only UK university approved Trainers Training, and has mapped NLP training against postgraduate educational competencies.

Lisa’s recent groundbreaking publication on the applied psychology of NLP is currently being utilised by the US Military to inform the development of a programme for the US Veterans Association.

Lisa is actively involved in Initiatives of Change, a non-government organisation working for peace, reconciliation and human security worldwide, stressing the importance of personal responsibility, ethical leadership and building trust across the world’s divides.

Combining an active business consultancy, research and writing career, Lisa balances her working life with an attempt at ‘The Good Life’ with her husband and business partner, Mark. They breed and keep chickens, and grow most of their own produce which is then used to catering for their own in-house training programmes.

‘NLP: Principles in Practice’ Ecademy Press. 2010
‘The Role of Brief Therapy in Attachment Disorders’ Karnac. 2010
‘The Changing World of NLP Training’  Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Winter 2009/10 Issue 18. Pp. 42-43.

‘A study of the relationship between the core belief structures of neurolinguistic psychotherapy and object relations theory’. Current Research in NLP. Volume 1. 2009 p. 50-66.

‘Qualitative Studies. Neurolinguistic Programming. A blueprint for success for Keepmoat.’
Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Spring 2008. Issue 11. pp.36-37

Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy – A Postmodern Perspective. 2008
London:Routledge 2008 ISBN 978-0-415-42541-4

‘Presupposing Excellence – Supervisory Dilemmas for Coaching and Therapy.’
Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Winter 2007. Issue 10. pp.24-25

‘Buy now! Ebay certified NLP Master Practitioner Programme. Does NLP need regulating?’
Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Summer 2007. Issue 8. pp.50

‘Towards statutory regulation of psychotherapy in the UK’
International Journal of Psychotherapy Vol 10 No 3 Nov 06 pp72-80

The Psychotherapist Issue 32 Autumn 06 p. 3

‘Statutory Regulation – Will it ever happen?’
The Psychotherapist Issue 30 Spring 06 p.7-8

‘Crossing the Floor – The Merging of Models in Child Psychotherapy’
The Psychotherapist Issue 29 Winter 05 p.14

‘Communication – help for the tongue tied’
Health Service Journal – online June 2005

‘Benchmarking mentoring skills in NLP’
NLP News – The Magazine of the International NLP Trainers Association Issue 9 Sept 04

 ‘NHS Forum’
The Psychotherapist Issue 21 January 04 p.11

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