Hello and welcome. I have over ten years experience as a therapist and over 20 years working in various capacities with groups and individuals supporting personal development and growth. I can help you to heal from trauma, overcome mental health problems, and develop a more resilient, coherent sense of yourself.
Based on many years of experience, I have a deep appreciation of the need to sensitively meet my client's issues with the most appropriate therapy interventions for their own unique 'blend' of needs. I use talking therapy, Dramatherapy, Lifespan Integration therapy, and Creative Vocational Consultancy (you can read more about these therapies on my website www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk).
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.
My approach to therapy
My approach to therapy is through humanist and psycho-dynamic perspectives. This means I work with unconscious processes on relational levels, and I believe that humans are essentially good, capable, and have the capacity to 'actualise' their potential. Additionally, developmental and attachment theories (how we are around emotional proximity with others) accompanies all of my work. (For more information about these models see ‘Types of Therapies’ on this website).
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.
How will you benefit from therapy with me?
- Bring new awareness and self-understanding
- Make changes fast without re-traumatising
- Feel accepted and safe without being judged
- Know your pace of working is respected
- Use metaphor which helps awareness of unconscious mind
- Benefit from using a gentle mind-body method
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 for you, I invite you to call me to arrange an initial meeting. At the initial consultation you can meet me, see where I work from and discuss your situation further. Meeting potential therapists is important as having the right 'mix' between client and therapist is significant to a successful outcome in therapy. I hold our discussions in the strictest confidence right from the outset.
I work from a studio outbuilding which is tranquil, comfortable and has good privacy, so no problems with people walking past. From my perspective, the first meeting is for me to gather information to get a broad picture of your life, what contributes to your issue and what outcomes you want from therapy. This session is not to offer therapeutic interventions, however, people do often leave feeling 'lighter' due to sharing in some depth about their difficulties.
Creative Vocational Consultancy
If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me, or you can go to my website for further information www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Accreditation for Lifespan Integration, 2015
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 (level 1), Sheffield Women's Counselling and Therapy Service, 2011
Dramatherapy PG Dip, University of Derby, 2005
Creative Expressive Therapies BA Hons, University of Derby, 2003
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Creative Vocational Consultancy facilitates and supports you to take steps towards what you want in the world of work. If you are looking to expand your confidence,find the area of vocation you want, orgain clarity on new developments CVC can help you.
I draw on some of the creative interventions I use in therapy and supervision work and apply this to a structure that helps you to explore what you need to look at. Although the sessions are structured, there is the flexibility to tailor to individual needs. Book an initial meeting to discuss how CVC can help you. For more information please go to www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk
Examples of problems people come to therapy 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
Relationship difficulties (all forms of relationships)
Antenatal and postnatal depression
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.”