Natasha Saddington MBACP Registered Counsellor
I have been involved in counselling for the last 11 years and have worked primarily with adults and young people. During this time I have had extensive experience of working in mental health and sexual violence counselling. I am a registered member of the BACP and currently work in private practice. This work has given me the opportunity to share the journey of many diverse human beings; which truly is an honour and a privilege.
The areas of counselling that I am experienced in are trauma, abuse and identity issues. I also work with clients who are experiencing low self-esteem and confidence, emotional difficulties and anger. In addition to this, I have worked with loss, self-harm, depression and anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress, intimacy problems and sexuality.
As a counsellor I believe my greatest strengths are my levels of awareness and innate genuineness. I feel I am naturally able to establish and build real and trusting relationships with others and my ability to empathise, along with an acceptance of everyone as equal and self defining, enables a relationship in which you may experience empowerment and control in your own life.
How can counselling help?
Central to our lives is our experience of ourselves and others. The relationships that we have as a result of that experience can influence who we are and how we feel. We may suffer loss, trauma or any other life event that is natural to our being human, and our story is personal and unique to only us. Sometimes it feels impossible for that experience to be understood by anyone else. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to process that experience, to gain new insights and understanding, to exercise personal choice, and to potentially enable you to manage the impacts of your experience more effectively in your day to day life.
Some people may be involved in unfulfilling relationships, whether it's their own internal relationship with the self, a relationship with a relative, a friend, a partner, or even colleagues and professionals. Relationships can be dissatisfying or limit the degree or ways, in which we are able to be ourselves. This can be distressing, and even though some of us can be aware of our own behaviours and the impacts of those on our relationships, we may still feel like it is out of our control or power to change things.
Counselling is designed to provide you with time and space to explore such difficulties, in a safe environment, where you may be enabled through the offering of new perspectives and identification of new tools, to work towards a more self governing way of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the following qualifications:
Advanced Diploma In therapeutic counselling
Advanced certificate in counselling
Certificate in counselling theory
Certificate in counselling skills
In addition, as a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I abide by their ethical framework for the counselling professions. I also undertake monthly supervision of my client work and have a commitment to continued professional development, to ensure the maintenance of proficient and safe practice.
I have the relevant professional indemnity insurance required for me to practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Rape, Incest & childhood sexual abuse.
How much will it cost?
I charge £40 per 50 minute session for clients. I am able to give concessions for students or for anybody showing proof of benefits. Fee’s are payable on the day and by cash only.
What if I can't make a session?
When appointments have been arranged it is the client’s responsibility to keep them. However, I understand that occasionally sessions may need to be re-arranged due to unforeseen circumstances or sickness. For this reason, my cancellation policy requires a 24 hour notice period.
Sessions that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are chargeable. However, I do not charge for pre-arranged breaks or holidays, either my own or yours and I will notify you well in advance of any personal leave.
Will my counsellor give me advice?
In short, the answer to this question is no. My core training is in person-centred therapy. This means I believe that you as an individual are the only real expert in your own life and you have the ability and the right, to define yourself and to choose what feels best for you. Person centred theory also suggests that given the right environment and conditions to meet your needs, you will naturally begin to develop and grow. I can give you information about other services and explore options and possibilities with you, but I will not tell you what you should or should not do.
What will happen in my first session?
Each appointment will last for fifty minutes. Initially, you will come for an assessment session to explore how comfortable you may or may not feel in working with me. There is no obligation to continue following assessment. The assessment should take no longer than fifty minutes and will consist of some specific questions and some more informal discussions, allowing time for you to talk about your motivations and hopes for counselling.
If I do decide to enter therapy; what's it like?
Every person experiences therapy slightly differently. The counselling process can be difficult at times and because of this, it requires a certain level of willingness and commitment for it to be beneficial. The goals for therapy will be your own and we will work at a pace that feels comfortable for you. Central to my work is the experience of an equal, non-judgemental and non-invasive relationship, in which you can feel safe enough to explore all aspects of yourself and your experience, if you choose to do so. I will ask questions and try to understand you as an individual being with unique experiences and personal perspectives, but I will only work with what you choose to talk about. Some clients prefer to come weekly, others prefer fortnightly sessions, and the number of sessions you require will be dependent on your individual needs.
Where will counselling take place?
I work from a base in Northampton. It is located centrally on St. Giles terrace and is easily accessible by bus, car or on foot.
There is parking available at the office in the form of public carparks. The Grosvenor centre is nearby and there is a pay and display located more closely. Please let me know if you have any specific access requirements when you make initial contact as this will need to be considered regarding the premises.
I am able to see clients primarily in Northampton, but may be flexible with other areas. I may also be able to offer some weekend and evening appointments.
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