Natasha Sephton, Dramatherapist, Lifespan Integration Therapist, HCPC Reg.
07504 196 732
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, and Lifespan Integration therapy (you can read more about these therapies on my website).
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 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 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 to see their 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.
My approach to therapy
My fundamental 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 manage 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 is space 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 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.
Sometimes people only need a few sessions to get what they need, and others need longer, several weeks to a number of months, and for some longer is required.
If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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, 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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
Relationship difficulties (all forms of relationships)
Antenatal and postnatal depression
- Ongoing - Parental Postnatal Support Group
- Ongoing - Derby Talks presents 'Womb-World: The Experience of the Baby in the Womb' with Afron Monro
£50 for 1 and a half hours
£50 per hour
Please note, 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.
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.”
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9 am - 3 pm Tuesdays to Fridays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
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