Natasha Sephton, Dramatherapist, Lifespan Integration Therapist, HCPC Reg.
07504 196 732
Hello and welcome.
I offer highly effective and creative approaches to therapy in the form of Dramatherapy and Lifespan Integration Therapy. I have ten years experience as a therapist and over 20 years working in various capacities with groups and individuals supporting development and growth.
How can Dramatherapy and Lifespan integration Therapy help you?
- express and understand yourself in a new way
- make changes fast without re-traumatising
- feel accepted without being judged
- know we work at your pace
- use metaphor which helps self awareness
- benefit from using a gentle mind-body method
Focusing on personal issues creatively allows you to think about and express your difficulties in a way that just words cannot do. This permits you to not only understand yourself better but to experience change in a fast and easier way, without re-traumatising.
I am aware that people can have mixed feelings about working creatively. So many of us have had negative experiences of having our creativity judged and criticised, especially at school.
Working with me is a very different experience - when my clients work creatively, for example, selecting small objects or buttons to symbolise relationships, or making marks or shapes on paper to represent issues, they do it at their own pace, and know that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Its for them and them only.
Importantly, you do not have to be a creative person to benefit from creative therapy. The focus is not on the results of creative activity, whether it works as a piece of art or looks pretty - instead, what we look for is what it means for you, the experience of creating it, how it communicates your internal experience, and how you feel about it.
Using Lifespan Integration
Lifespan Integration is a relatively new therapy that has been found to be extremely effective to clear trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and many other issues, including birth trauma. It is a fast expanding method that is in the process of becoming evidence based (clinical research to show its effectiveness and how it works). Lifespan Integration (LI) offers a gentle body-mind focused method that works to calm the nervous system by helping your body and mind to realise that time has moved on and develop new neural networks to integrate trauma so you don't feel 'stuck' in the past any longer.
If you are otherwise quite a solid person who has experienced something traumatic LI can help to clear your issues in a very short time (one to three sessions).
LI is also very effective at helping to 'build' a more solid experience of yourself. If you have had difficulties, especially from childhood, feeling secure in relationships or in social situations, and can't seem to shake off nagging anxious feelings, LI is very useful in transforming the way you feel in relation to others.
My approach to therapy
As people experience things differently to one another and on different levels, I work from a person centred perspective which means that I focus on helping you to feel better at your pace, following your needs.
So, depending on what you come to therapy with I will offer you to work creatively/talking therapy or LI or a combination of both.
I approach therapy through person-centred, psycho-dynamic, and developmental models. Additionally, attachment theory (how we manage emotional proximity with others) accompanies all of my work. (For more information about these models see ‘Types of Therapies’ on this website).
I can work with you to explore the relationship between your past and present in a safe and sensitive way, increasing self awareness and fostering psychological healing.
It is important to me to offer a professional, confidential and non-judgemental approach to support my clients along their road to recovery, healing, and well-being. I work with a particular focus on mindful embodiment, creativity and relational development.
What to expect making contact
I know it can be an unnerving experience to find a therapist, so to help you decide if I am the right person to help, I invite you to an informal chat on the phone.
If you wish to find out more you can book an initial consultation to meet me, see where I work from and discuss your difficulties in a pleasant and private environment. I hold our discussions in the strictest confidence. This is important, as having the right 'mix' between client and therapist is significant to a successful outcome in therapy.
Length of therapy
Sometimes people only need a few sessions to get what they need, and others need longer, several weeks to a number of months.
What people have said about therapy with me
"You've created a space for me in which I feel safe, respected and listened to. You've built up my confidence and faith in myself so I feel strong enough to make real changes in myself and my life - I feel like I'm emerging from a ten year sleep, ready to embrace life again. Thank you so much." K.Barnes
"When I first started the sessions I wasn't sure what to expect - however, as time went by I became more confident. I felt safe and protected in the group and have shared things I found hard to discuss before. I finally feel like I have relaxed and opened up and that is thanks to a great group but mainly a great therapist!" Lucy Johnson
“Natasha's non-judgemental, accepting approach and understanding has enabled me to open doors that I thought would be able to keep closed! This journey with the group has given me more than I ever expected.”
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Lifespan Integration (Level 2), Nottingham, Peggy Pace, 2015
Creative Approaches to Supervision, Diploma, London Centre of Psychodrama, 2014
Pre and Perinatal Awareness Training, Afron Monro, Derby, 2013
Infant Diagnostic Classification, School of Infant Mental Health, London, 2011
Lifespan Integration Therapy, Sheffield Women's Counselling and Therapy Service, 2011
Brief Solution Focused Therapy, NHS 2006
Adult protection course, NHS, 2006
Dramatherapy PG Dip, University of Derby, 2005
Creative Expressive Therapies BA Hons, University of Derby, 2003
Systemic Family Therapy course, Sheffield, 2005
‘Artrain: Learning into Action’, Arts & Business, University of Derby, 2003
Child Protection Training, Social Services, Fairbridge, Bristol 1999
Self-harm Awareness Training, Fairbridge, Bristol, 1997
Reviewing Skills for Development Trainers, Fairbridge, London, 1997
Basic Counselling Skills, Fairbridge, Bristol, 1997
Drug Use Awareness, Fairbridge, Bristol, 1996
Anti-racism Training, Cambridge City Council, 1992
AIDS Awareness, Cambridge City Council, 1992
Dealing with Difficult Behaviour, Cambridge City Council, 1991
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Compulsive hoarding
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Ongoing - Parental Postnatal Support Group
- Ongoing - Derby Talks presents 'Womb-World: The Experience of the Baby in the Womb' with Afron Monro
£45 for 1 hour and 30 minutes
£45 per 60 minute hour.
I am open to discussion regarding concessions, as I am aware that for some people the need for therapy can come at times of real financial hardship. If this relates to you, please feel free to ask me about reduced rates.
Please note I review my fee annually. I will be raising my fee to £50 per hour from September 2015
Examples of problems people come to me with:
Consistent low mood/depression
Generalised anxiety - feeling anxious much of the time without really knowing why or what about
Feeling out of control
Not feeling oneself
Having thoughts that scare them
Feeling highly negative and critical towards themselves
Over-reacting to situations
Problems with sleeping/relaxing
Difficulties with eating (over/under/Anorexia/Bulimia)
Areas of specialism
Antenatal and postnatal issues and difficulties
I work with
Adults, teenagers, groups and couples.
Trainee therapists and counsellors
I offer supervision to therapists and counsellors. I also run workshops and deliver training.
All services offered
Clinical Supervision (in training)
What drew me to become a therapist
Formally a youth worker, outdoor instructor, and development trainer, I have always worked with people to support and develop areas of growth. I have over 20 years combined experience working with children, adolescents and adults individually and in groups (including families). My interest in working as a therapist grew slowly from my late teens, through my 20’s.
As a youth worker, I found my work with children and young people led me to be intrigued about working on a deeper level with this age group. I therefore qualified as an outdoor development trainer, as I was interested in the role of nature on social and internal development. Although, in this role I was able to engage more meaningfully with the development of young people, I was becoming increasingly eager to know more about the psychological processes at play. In 1998 I attended a 2 day training in 'Dramatherapy for Development Trainers' and discovered the therapeutic potential of working creatively with people. Following this short course and back at work with young people with a history of drug-use, crime, antisocial behaviour and mental health needs, I was delighted at the enthusiastic response to the creative drama exercises I was offering! It was from here that I embarked on my career as a Dramatherapist. I feel incredibly fortunate to do the kind of work I do and am passionate about working with people creatively, witnessing the remarkable, long-term changes that occur in peoples lives.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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9 am - 3 pm Tuesdays to Fridays
Supervision & training
I trained as a Creative Clinical Supervisor at the London Centre of Psychodrama and I am currently offering supervision to counsellors, arts therapists, psychotherapists and trainees.View supervision profile