Natalie Anne Purslow

The Marple Cross Centre
Albermarle House
Osbourne Road

07917 035107

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The Marple Cross Centre
Albermarle House
Osbourne Road

07917 035107

About me

Who am I?

I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor registered with the BACP and an Integrative Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist in training approaching qualification on the Doctorate programme at Metanoia Institute. I hold membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Who I Work With

Anyone affected by the following: depression, anxiety, low mood, panic attacks, stress, relationship problems, trauma, abuse, addiction, sexuality, work related difficulties, loss, bereavement and mental health issues. 

What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?

My approach aims to facilitate a confidential environment that considers safety as paramount. A space to develop trust and support in the therapeutic relationship where difficult or painful thoughts, feelings, or behaviour that are causing you or others concern can be worked through. Explore how relationships, social, cultural, contextual and religious influences can impact your life, empowering you towards a more liberated and brighter future. Discover meaning, develop you potential and achieve your aims and goals. You aims and goals could include: enhancing confidence and self-esteem, relief from symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and stress, coping with trauma, loss and bereavement, managing anger, improving assertiveness, developing relationships, and a greater sense of well-being; overall aiming to promote personal growth and development, assisting you to achieve your potential.  

My Approach

My model is of an Integrative theoretical orientation, drawing mainly upon Psychodynamic and TA (Transactional Analysis) approaches. Emphasis is placed on the therapeutic relationship in the healing process and as a vehicle for change and growth.

I work in a relational way, using an approach that is collaborative, creating a confidential space where safety and trust can be established, enabling the expression of feelings, thoughts, and exploration of behaviour that may be causing concern.

This may or may not lead to an in depth exploration around relationship difficulties and patterns which might have been identified as problematic. Alternatively work might remain in the present moment allowing for the expression of often distressing feelings in response to life events, such as trauma, loss and bereavement. When appropriate I draw upon cognitive techniques, with the aim of developing strategies to self-support and reduce stress.

Additionally, I integrate a mind and body approach to work holistically with clients. Specifically, exploring the psychological link between mind and body, that may appear in bodily symptoms – such as states of hyper or hypo-arousal, with corresponding fluctuations in mood.  As a qualified Personal Trainer I am further able to offer exercise and nutritional advice, that can be beneficial for the purpose of mood enhancing or calming and has been found to be particular helpful in the treatment of anxiety and depression (NICE Guidelines).

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Transactional Analysis?

Psychodynamic Approach

Explores how past experience can be repeated in the present, with the aim of achieving enhanced awareness and recognition of patterns in relationships.

Transactional Analysis

Using the PAC model (Berne, 1966) to look at ways in which at times we function in these, what have been termed 'Ego States'. Explore how early beliefs - what we are told and our experiences as children are carried throughout life and can affect adult functioning. Through enhancing awareness of these experiences choice points can be reached around how we continue to react to these experiences in the present.

Other Approaches That Influence My Work  

Person Centred Approach

Focuses on the provision of the necessary and sufficient conditions for human growth and potential, the most well known being 'empathy, acceptance and unconditional positive regard' (Carl Rogers, 1992). The Person-Centred approach also emphasises out tendency towards actualisation - fulfilling ones potential (Maslow, 1943).

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

This is a practical technique that can be used to re-structure irrational thinking and core beliefs that affect the way that you feel and can lead to self-defeating behaviour. Relaxation techniques can be used and have been found to be particularly affective in the treatment of anxiety: Cognitive techniques can also be used in the treatment of phobias, through the process of systematic de-sensitisation.

Existential Approach

This is a philosophical approach, exploring the meanings that we create in our lives, ways of being in the world and how anxiety can be experienced through the human condition - facing the unknown and experience of uncertainty that may emerge at different stages in life.

Neurobiological Approach

Currently at the forefront of research, is proving how the brain is shaped and moulded during critical periods in infant development and how damage caused through an abusive early environment, for example, and other attachment experiences can be repaired through the process of therapy. On evidence of the experience dependent nature of the brain:

"Purves and Voyvodic (1987) established that neurons do change and grow in relation to new experiences and learning. The degree of plasticity in anyone's mind, then, is one key to the potential success of therapy" (Brien and Houston, 2007, p. 53).       

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy Qualifications

- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)

- Integrative Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist in Training (Professional Doctorate Metanoia Institute, validated by Middlesex University).

- Postgraduate Certificate in Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

- Foundation Certificate in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy (New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling).

- BSc Psychology Single Honours (University of Surrey)

- Over ten years experience in the field of Psychology, including the provision of a Counselling and Psychotherapy services in both voluntary and private sectors, and NHS.

On qualification from the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy I will be chartered as a BPS Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC and UKCP registered Psychotherapist. 

Other Qualifications

Personal Trainer and Advanced Instructor

I am a qualified REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Level 3 Personal Trainer and Advanced Fitness Instructor. As such I can advise on exercise and nutrition that could help to lift your mood, reduce anxiety and overall improve your mental and physical well-being.

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My Counselling and Psychotherapy fee is £40 per 50 minute session, some concessional fees may be available depending on your circumstances – this is payable by cash or cheque weekly or in advance, depending on your preference. A half price fee of £20 will be charged for the Initial Assessment.

Therapy is on an individual, generally once weekly basis and can be open-ended or short-term – the length of therapy will be dependent on your needs and this will be discussed at the Initial Assessment and reviewed throughout the course of therapy.

Further information

Initial Assessment

The purpose of the Initial Assessment will be to begin to talk about what has been happening in your life that has brought you to therapy, expectations, aims/goals for the work and over what time period. This is open to review over the course of therapy, as aims and goals are likely to change. The emphasis will be on working collaboratively throughout the therapeutic process, with regular reviews.

Counselling can evoke many painful and difficult feelings, as such I believe it is of crucial importance that you not only feel supported in therapy, but also have access to support in your external life. Other sources of support that are available locally can be discussed. As in any other relationship, it is also important that you feel that I am right for you as a therapist and if your needs cover an issue that is outside the range of my experience or may be a specialist area, an appropriate referral will be made and discussed with you.

As a registered Psychodynamic Counsellor I abide by the BACP Code of Conduct, Standards and Ethical Practice ( and as an in training member of the Division of Counselling Psychology I abide by the British Psychological Society Code of Conduct, Standards and Ethical Practice (

Maps & Directions

Southsea, PO5 3LB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Monday - day and evening Tuesday - 08.00 - 16.30 Wednesday - 08.00 - 17.00

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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