Natasha Sephton, HCPC Registered, BADTh
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Hello and welcome.
'Feel more resilient, more self-accepting, and more at peace within yourself and your relationships'
I have an established private practice from which I offer therapy to individuals, groups and couples. Areas I cover are Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. In some situations I offer Skype sessions for people who live outside of these locations.
I have over 10 years experience as a therapist and 25 years working in roles that have involved supporting people of all ages in their personal development.
Therapies I offer include counselling, creative arts therapy, and lifespan integration. I work with adolescents (16 +), adults, couples and groups. I also supervise other therapists and counsellors. For more information about these therapies please go to www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk. I offer an initial meeting which is charged at half fee and is free from any obligation.
Often people seek therapy because their difficulties have become unmanageable and their symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or relationship friction, can feel all consuming.
Knowing this, I try to create a comfortable environment for people to feel welcomed and feel as safe as possible. I am sensitive to work in a way that feels supportive and exploratory at the same time. It’s crucial that in healing emotionally painful issues, it is done without re-traumatising. To ensure this, I work in alliance with you, being mindful to work at your pace and importantly, will not ask you to go over painful experiences in depth. This is based on current research and provides my clients with a therapeutic process that offers a successful outcome.
Working compassionately with unaddressed painful experiences
As research shows, problems with mental health largely relates to our life experience and how we have perceived it. Many of the issues people come to me with relate to previous trauma. They can be one off incidents, like a car accident, or ongoing, such as being mistreated by someone.
Un-addressed events like these can lead to feeling anxious, low and trapped, adding to relationship difficulties, or contribute to mental and physical health problems. Often, people don't realise that their issues, such as depression, are linked to previous trauma that haven’t been addressed.
Working together we can sensitively explore the causes of your current feelings. I focus on integrating painful experiences, so that when you recall them, they don’t hurt any more, you don’t flinch, and you don’t attempt (perhaps unwittingly) to avoid being hurt in the same way again. Instead, you feel more resilient, more self-accepting, and more at peace within yourself, and your relationships. This frees up vital energy that was previously focused on protecting you from past events.
'Gently working towards re-connecting with ourselves, our feelings, and our bodies.’
Working with the body
Working with a particular focus on the body and mind, I help people develop their awareness of their whole self, rather than just staying in our heads through talking. Working with awareness of what we feel in our bodies benefits the therapy process as it engages the nervous system, the part that connects our mind and body. This helps the therapy to work much quicker on a much deeper level.
We know that the right and left hemispheres of our brains relate to different ways of thinking and experiencing. We need a good relationship between both sides to function at our best and so I utilise current understanding of the brain to help you access ways of experiencing that promote healing and well-being. Lifespan Integration Therapy in particular, is based on working with the brain, body and memories. People who have experienced LI therapy have found it profoundly effective and working quicker than just talking alone.
Working with creativity
Harnessing our imaginations in therapy helps to illustrate, express and discover patterns of thinking, behaviours, and ways of relating. Many clients have shared how they have found working in this way extremely helpful as it allows them to try out new ways of being, offers insights and new perspectives - all important factors for personal transformation.
For example, if I was to ask you to tell me how you experience your role as a daughter/son, sibling or parent, it can be a lot easier, insightful and more memorable to symbolise aspects of your thinking with objects. Please see an example of this in the photos below.
Working with the relationship
Humans are social animals and therefore we rely on our connections with each other to thrive. Problems in early relationships can get in the way of our capacity to trust, love, and feel safe with each other. Therapy offers a safe and important space, just for you, where you can experience the non-judgemental attention that I offer, allowing you to replace old destructive beliefs about yourself with new ones. Through gradually developing greater self awareness you can allow yourself to absorb good feelings and create the solid boundaries that can help you to feel comfortable and secure in your relationships with others.
I am very passionate about working in the area of mental health and healing the impacts of difficult and painful experiences. It is very honouring to be a part of people’s transformation, helping people to create new and positive changes for themselves.
I hope this information helps you to have a clearer idea as to how I work, and how I can meet you in the difficult place you are in and together, get to a life where you feel better connected, happier and more in-charge.
I know that by understanding and healing your past I can help you to be more present in the here-and-now, allowing you to create a future where you are very much the author of your own life.
If you feel I can help you with your current difficulties please contact me directly.
What happens next?
To help you decide if I am the right therapist for you, it’s helpful to come to an initial meeting. This is a time for you to see where I work from, to meet me and consider what you want from therapy. I am a warm and approachable person and I hold our discussions in the strictest confidence right from the outset.
My therapy room is tranquil, comfortable and has good privacy. Please be aware that the initial meeting is not a session to offer therapeutic interventions, however, people do often leave feeling 'lighter' due to sharing their difficulties.
I appreciate the desire to know how long therapy may take and I may be able to gauge whether you will need short or long term therapy, but I cannot say with any certainty how long you will need in therapy. I do work transparently, involving you in your therapy plans and reviews, ensuring we are staying on track and observing the changes that have taken place and what further work needs to be done to help you feel better as quick as possible.
Please contact me by phone or email if you’d like to talk any of this through. If what I am offering is of interest to you we can arrange an initial meeting. Initial meetings are charged at half fee and are free from any obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated from the University of Derby in 2003 with a BA Hons in Creative Expressive Therapies which was a great foundation for my professional post graduate training (Masters equivalent) as a Dramatherapist which I completed in 2005.
I became an accredited Lifespan Integration therapist in 2015 following my Level 1 training in 2011 and Level 2 in 2015 (taught by Peggy Pace)
I trained as a Creative Clinical Supervisor throughout a one year diploma course (Creative Approaches to Supervision) at the London Centre of Psychodrama, 2013 - 2014
My special interest in early life health led me to complete the Pre and Perinatal Awareness Training, Afron Monro, Derby, 2013 and the Infant Diagnostic Classification, School of Infant Mental Health, London, 2011
I worked in the NHS from 2005 - 2008 in a Tier 4 day hospital and a Tier 3 clinic as a Dramatherapist working with children and adolescents with enduring mental health problems.
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
- 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer Creative Supervision for practitioners and professionals working in the care sector.
I offer workshops and training catering to specific needs for staff training for organisations, charities and companies.
Photos & videos
- Ongoing - Parental Postnatal Support Group
- Ongoing - Derby Talks presents 'Womb-World: The Experience of the Baby in the Womb' with Afron Monro
£25 fee for first meeting - one hour
£40 - £50 per hour dependant on financial circumstances
I am open to discussion regarding fees as I am aware that for some people the need for therapy can come at times of real financial hardship. Please feel free to discuss therapy fees with me at your initial meeting.
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 from my late teens, through my 20’s.
As a youth worker, my work with children and young people led me to be intrigued about working on a deeper level with this age group. I qualified as an outdoor development trainer as I was interested in the role of nature on social and personal development. Engaging more meaningfully with the development of young people in this way was rewarding, yet I was becoming increasingly interested to know more about the psychological processes involved in dysfunctional dynamics.
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 to see their enthusiastic response to the creative expressive activities 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.
Other services offered
I supervise health and care professionals.
I offer workshops and training catering to specific needs for organisations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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9 am - 3 pm Tuesdays to Fridays.
Types of client
Supervision & training
In supervision, my aims are to support you as a whole person and foster your professional development, encouraging skill and theoretical development.View supervision profile