Natasha Byrne BSc PGDip MBACP
The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
01453751973 / 07944780874
I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist based in Stroud, Bristol and Cheltenham. I work with individuals and couples. My website is www.natashabyrne.com.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can be a great resource for you to use to work through the difficulties or blocks you are having in your life that hold you back from reaching greater fulfilment. What we discuss is largely up to you. I will work with whatever feels important for you to bring. Common issues that can be worked through in counselling and psychotherapy include anxiety, relationship problems, family issues, loneliness, marital issues (separation/affairs), eating disorders, loss, depression, sexuality, painful past memories or difficult childhood. Sometimes you might feel a lack of direction in life, a stuck-ness, or a feeling of not meeting one's true potential. Whatever you are facing contact me and together we can begin to address what is keeping you stuck and also how to move forward
Each session is an opportunity for you to explore the experiences that feel alive and important to you: issues causing confusion, distress, chaos or complication perhaps. My role is to assist you through this in a way which enables you to rediscover inner resources and guidance, supporting you to reconnect with yourself, encouraging you to grow into more of your innate aliveness and well-being. You will determine the pace and the depth at which you share. At times, I will be interested in how you are feeling and what emotions are coming up whilst you speak. Often, but not always, it can feel important to discuss childhood experiences. Our exploration might also be about encouraging you to find the necessary tools to deal with life's challenges, such as addiction, anxiety, depression. eating disorders, work/career issues, stress.
Frequently clients come for therapy because they are having relationship issues (anger, affairs, difficulty with sexuality, commitment issues, feeling disconnected from one's partner). Having people close to us can be a huge contributor to our sense of well-being: when our primary relationship isn't always as we hope it can have a deep impact on us.
Having a therapist to work with can be a huge support in creating a safe container to hold what you are struggling with and to offer fresh perspectives on how to move forward.
What to expect.
In my experience, counselling and psychotherapy can be hugely beneficial and potentially life-changing. It is not always a quick and easy fix, though changes can be rapid. I can't claim that I can free you of your struggles: a lot of the work is down to your own determination, willingness and commitment to discovering yourself and what is happening for you. Being in therapy can uncover strong emotions, painful memories or things we haven't fully acknowledged about ourselves. If these things do begin to surface it can be a sign that something inside of you is shifting. Sometimes this can feel scary. What I can offer you is a collaborative working relationship to unfold the dilemmas you face, supporting you towards growth and self-development.
The best way to get a good sense of how I work, whether working with me would work for you, would be to contact me to arrange an initial session. If you would like further information you can visit www.natashabyrne.com or email me at email@example.com.
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 am part of a regular CPD (continued professional development) group studying Embodied Psychotherapy. Other CPD courses that I've completed have been on the following themes: body psychotherapy, nature-based therapy, attachment theory, Embodied-Relational 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 and insured registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their ethical guidelines. I have professional, clinical supervision with a body psychotherapist as well as regular peer supervision, both of which are strictly confidential.
Alongside my counselling practice, I work as a recovery worker at The Nelson Trust: a rehabilitation centre for people with drug and alcohol dependence.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship issues, affairs, anxiety, depression.
I offer sessions face-to-face (in Stroud, Bristol or Cheltenham), 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 or Clifton.
40 minute initial consultation - £25
On going Individuals - £45 / session
Couples- £55 / session
Via Skype - £35 / session
Concessions 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 please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client
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