Nat Le Pla - Anxiety & Complex Trauma
Warm, creative, accepting, therapy for Young People and Adults.
Providing a place of safety, warmth and acceptance.
Life can be difficult, sometimes it might feel impossible.
Therapy can support you or your loved ones through these times. Whether you are young or old, I work with care to empower you to grow; to have a compassionate understanding of your past and to feel comfortable, warm and whole in the present.
Nat Le Pla @ Therapy Huddersfield
I work with a range of issues including Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Trauma, Attachment Difficulties and Depression, in ways that recent research has shown are effective. We will collaborate to choose a pathway which suits you and supports you on your journey. Most clients make significant progress in between 6 and 12 sessions.
I'm always happy to talk things through - feel free to call or email.
During this period of lockdown, I am working both online (WhatsApp video and Zoom) and on the telephone in order to maintain social distancing. I have worked online for some time and find it really effective.
New clients have expressed how quickly they relax and feel comfortable. As social distancing is reviewed, I will be looking to return to offering face to face sessions at my Huddersfield office. Please feel free to call or email me – I’m always happy to discuss individual circumstances and needs.
The Therapy Huddersfield room is easy to reach from the town centre or M62 and has off street parking.
If you would prefer I offer home visits across West Yorkshire.
Who I work with:
I support Adults experiencing a range of difficulties.
I work compassionately with adults who have experienced Trauma and Adversity, often in childhood. You may feel that negative life experiences repeat themselves or that you struggle to maintain relationships - frequently clients I work with feel their life situation is complex and are unsure if change is possible. Modern therapies such as Internal Family Systems support clients to come to a gentle acceptance of their past and help them grow and develop in the present. (Please see below for further information.)
Anxiety and Panic Attacks can be crippling and affect many clients. I use research based techniques (Polyvagal Theory, Compassion Focussed Therapy) to support clients to understand how and why anxiety affects them. Clients then learn to regulate themselves and reduce their feelings of fear and anxiety. This process can be life changing as people who have lived with anxiety or the fear of panic attacks, for many years, experience relaxation and freedom.
Many of my clients have been diagnosed with Depression and may have been prescribed anti - depressant medication. Research shows that counselling combined with medication is far more effective in supporting change than medication alone.
Work Place Stress and Bereavement can leave you feeling less than your true self. We can work to support you through these difficult, emotional times.
I specialise in supporting Young People from age 12 upwards. I work creatively to build strong, trusting relationships. My wide ranging experience ensures I am able to support or offer signposting in most situations.
Growing up is hard. Sometimes family and friends are too close and the support of a warm, friendly and confidential therapist can make all the difference. I understand that life events can affect our thoughts and feelings in complex ways. The still developing minds of young people can struggle when they experience stressful or traumatic life events.
I have extensive professional experience of supporting young people who may be demonstrating challenging behaviour as well as those who suffer with Anxiety or Depression.
Young people with Autism or Asperger's are welcome in my therapy room.
I provide bespoke advice and support to families experiencing difficulties related to their children or adolescents.
I find families can feel frustrated and isolated. I work closely with you to understand your position and advise you creating personalised support packages.
Training, qualifications & experience
As your therapist I will work closely with you to understand what you would like from therapy.
My aim is to provide therapy that supports you. I have extensive training and can explain to you how different approaches may benefit your particular situation.
I initially trained in Person Centred Therapy. I have had further training in CBT, Transactional Analysis and Trauma Informed Practice.
I specialise in applying recent breakthroughs in the understanding of Attachment Difficulties, Complex Trauma, C-PTSD and Anxiety to support clients who may have been struggling for many years. This means that we now hold a more detailed understanding of how the body and mind react to difficult life experiences than ever before. I use this knowledge to build a bespoke pathway of support for each individual client.
I hold a Psychology BSc (Hons), a Certificate in Counselling (Level 6) and a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDIP.) in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 7). I am currently undertaking research at The University of Salford as I complete my MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and am guided by their ethical framework. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and am happy to share this with you
An essential part of my work with clients is the relationship I build with them. In order that I am able to be present I am careful to maintain my own well being. I enjoy Cycling and Running as well as Yoga and Mindful Meditation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions usually run for 1 hour and cost £45 for face to face sessions and £45 for online Skype / Zoom sessions. There is £5 student discount available.
I offer an initial telephone consultation free of charge. This gives you, the potential client, the opportunity to connect with me and see if you feel comfortable working with me. I can also take the opportunity to listen and understand your situation.
I monitor all my clients using the CORE system. This gives an independent measure of how clients are managing in their lives. Most clients make significant progress in addressing the issues for which they came to therapy with between 6 and 12 sessions.
For clients who prefer I offer a home counselling service. There are many reasons why you may prefer that I visit you in your own home. All I ask is that you can ensure a quiet uninterrupted space for the session. If you would like me to work with your family holistically it may be helpful for me to make at least one home visit.
The cost of the session remains the same £45 per hour. There is however a travelling charge for distances over 5 miles.
Skype or Video Sessions
Counselling sessions over Skype are becoming increasingly popular. The high quality of video calls now means that communication is relatively simple if you have a laptop. Please get in touch if you would like to use Skype or Zoom for your counselling sessions.
I specialise in working with clients who have experienced adversity in childhood. Commonly clients have been brought up in a household by a parent or parents who themselves had significant problems. These issues might include having drug or alcohol addiction, displaying narcissistic traits or having mental health issues. Frequently clients describe wide ranging difficulties, these are sometimes described as attachment difficulties. complex trauma or C-PTSD. Clients may have been diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) or DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). I work sensitively with these complex symptoms using modern research based techniques such as Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family Systems. The aim being to develop a sense of safety so that clients can have a compassionate understanding of their thoughts and feelings. As clients reconnect with their true selves they begin to develop a new hope for the future.
Please feel free to get in touch by phone or email if you would like to discuss your own situation. I am always happy to talk things through.