Natasha Sephton, Creative Therapist, Lifespan Integration Therapist, HCPC Reg.
Hello and welcome.
I am a warm and approachable professional, offering highly effective, creative approaches to therapy.
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 a free half hour appointment for you to see where I work from and to meet me.
I find this helps new clients to get a sense of whether I'm the best person to help them. This is important, as having the right 'mix' between client and therapist is significant to a successful outcome in therapy.
Whether you are struggling with emotional problems or experiencing relationship difficulties of any kind you are welcome to contact me for an informal chat. There is absolutely no commitment to start therapy until you feel sure this is right for you.
I provide excellent, high quality creative arts therapy in a safe, calm and confidential environment.
How can creative therapy help?
- express and understand yourself
- make changes fast without re-traumatising
- accepted without being judged
- clear instructions and at your pace
- work with metaphor which helps self awareness
Focusing on personal issues creatively allows people to think about and express their difficulties in a way that just words cannot do.
This permits them to not only understand themselves 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.
Myth buster! 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 - what we look for is what it means for you and how you feel about it.
As people experience things differently to one another and on different levels, I work from an Integrative perspective which means that I draw on various models depending on the need of the individual.
These include humanistic, relational, person-centred, psycho-dynamic, behavioural 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.
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
Creative Approaches to Supervision PG Dip., 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
- 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 - Derby Talks presents 'Womb-World: The Experience of the Baby in the Womb' with Afron Monro
Half an hour initial consultation FREE of charge
£45 for 1 hour
£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.
I offer various kinds of therapy:
- Talking Therapy
- Creative Arts Therapy
- Lifespan Integration Therapy
Talking Therapy is where you and I can sit together and discuss your issues in a safe environment. The hour appointment is a space just for you where you can talk about a specific issue without any concern that you may offend, scare or shock other people. I can help you by listening with a non-judgemental view and in complete confidence (I will not repeat or share your issues with others). I will ask questions that help you to reflect on, and consider your experience of your issue. My therapeutic aims are to foster self-awareness, the assimilation of past trauma, and finding new thought and behaviour patterns at a pace that suits you.
Creative Arts Therapy offers an approach that enables people to express themselves creatively as well as verbally. I am a qualified Dramatherapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. When my clients wish to work creatively, we use methods such as imagery, story development and metaphor, amongst others. The role of imagination and creativity in therapy is very powerful in its ability to heal and, where words aren't enough, to express oneself on a deeper level. Working in this way is especially helpful in that it engages the right, frontal side of our brain which is responsible for emotional processing. Working creatively provides people with the potential to experience their difficulties with a kind of 'distance' that enables a lighter and yet more powerful, experience. It also has the advantage of speeding up the healing and therapeutic process.
Lifespan Integration Therapy is a therapy that works particularly well with past trauma and the resulting symptoms (i.e. anxiety problems, eating disorders, depression etc). It is a structured method that heals mental and emotional issues by clearing the associated trauma/s from the past without re-traumatising. You can have L.I. on its own or combined with talking and / or creative therapy. Please see my website (www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk) for more information.
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, children, teenagers.
Trainee therapists and counsellors
Parents in antenatal and postnatal stages
I offer supervision to therapists and counsellors. I also run workshops, deliver training, present talks on therapy and host 'Derby Talks! Personal, Societal and Environmental Development'.
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.
Type of session
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9.20 - 3pm Tuesdays to Fridays
Supervision & training
I trained, to post graduate diploma level, as a Creative Clinical Supervisor at the London Centre of Psychodrama.View supervision profile