Natasha Byrne PGDip MBACP
Alma Vale Therapy Rooms
Alma Vale Road
01453751973 / 07944780874
I work as a therapist in Stroud and Bristol, with individuals, couples and young adults. My website is www.natashabyrne.com. I charge £25 for a 50 minute initial meeting - an opportunity for you to get a sense of whether having therapy with me would be right for you.
Therapy can be a great resource to work through the difficulties you're facing in your life - the blocks that hold you back from reaching greater fulfillment. What we discuss is up to you; each session is an opportunity to explore the experiences and issues that feel important. You will determine the pace and the depth of the process. Our exploration may enable you to rediscover inner resources and guidance, innate well-being and abilities to deal with life's challenges. Common issues that are brought to therapy include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, relationship troubles, stress, loneliness, sexuality. Oftentimes people come for therapy due to feeling a lack of direction in life, a stuck-ness, or a feeling of not meeting one's true potential.
Making a commitment to having regular therapy can be hugely beneficial and has the potential to be life-changing though I can't claim that I can free you of your struggles in a few sessions: a lot of the work is down to your own determination, willingness and commitment to courageously facing that which is difficult in your life. Strong emotions may be uncovered, painful memories surfaced or things we haven't fully acknowledged about ourselves may come to light. If these things do begin to stir it can be a sign that something is shifting. At times this can feel scary but is usually a normal and needed part of the therapeutic process. What I endeavor to offer is a reliable, committed and collaborative working relationship (and would ask you to do the same) to patiently face and unfold the dilemmas and difficulties you encounter.
Having someone close to us can be a huge contributor to our sense of well-being but when our primary relationship isn't always as we hope, it can have a deep and stressful impact. Oftentimes couples can get into a state that feels impossible to emerge from, an inescapable impasse. Whether the intention is to stay together or separate amicably the work of couples therapy is to unfold and inquire into the state that your relationship is in and to address that which is holding you back from having the relationship that you hope for. It may seem hard to imagine that if the state of the relationship can be understood with care, then what can come out of this can be relationship treasure, leading to greater intimacy and understanding of one another.
The best way to get a good sense of how I work, whether for individual work or with your partner, would be to contact me at email@example.com to arrange an initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
About me, my qualification and my experience.
I've a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited course) and further training in Relational Couples Therapy. I am currently studying on the foundation year of a Diploma in Process-oriented Psychology. For more information on this, you could look up Processwork UK or contact me.
My approach is Integrative, which basically means that I draw from several major schools of psychotherapeutic thought. I always endeavour to practice in a way that is diversity-affirmative, meaning that I will respect your own unique life choices and situations (pertaining to issues around sexuality and sexual preference, political/spiritual/religious beliefs, gender identification, ethnic background, socio-economic status etc).
I am committed to my own personal development. I have been engaged in personal psychotherapy for several years, four of which have been with a body psychotherapist; this naturally influences the way I work.
I attend regular CPD (continued professional development), previous CPD courses that I've completed have been on the following themes: Couples therapy, Process-oriented Psychology, Embodied-Relational Therapy, Body psychotherapy, nature-based therapy. I've two years experience counselling at The Swan Project in Bristol largely working with people who are struggling with addiction.
I am a fully qualified, insured and registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)and I abide by their ethical guidelines. I have professional, clinical and strictly confidential supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer sessions face-to-face (in Stroud and Bristol) or via Skype on a weekly basis. In Stroud I work from my home practice room at a location close to the town centre. In Bristol I work from The Practice Rooms in Cotham and at Alma Vale Therapy rooms in Clifton.
Initial meeting £25
Individuals £45 - £60 / session (you decide what to pay given what you feel you can afford)
Couples £55 -£70 / session
If the lowest figure on the sliding scale feels unaffordable then contact me about a concession which are sometimes available for morning or day-time slots before 4pm.
If you come for an initial meeting and working alliance between us doesn't feel like a good fit for you there is no obligation to continue.
If you have any further questions or would like to discuss therapy further please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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In Bristol I am available on Tuesdays. On other days I am based in Stroud.
Types of client
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