Natalie Freeman Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Is there a sense that life just doesn't feel quite right in some way? Do you feel that you are going through the motions and nothing seems to change? Are you struggling with relationships, work or a recent event or crises that has knocked you back? Perhaps you have experienced a loss whether that be a job, a relationship or loved one through bereavement. Or is the pain of your past feeling very much alive in your day to day life. You may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed or frustrated by your circumstances.
It can be difficult to manage any one of these things on your own, that's why accessing talking therapy from a professional can be of tremendous benefit. Often we don't need more advice but rather a better understanding of ourselves, our relationships and our own experiences in order to make the changes we need.
Whether you are coming with a here and now event or you want to explore some historical parts of yourself that may be interfering with your present, I work with an empathetic and non-judgemental attitude fostered through a relational based approach. Having trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist I am able to utilise a range of skills and knowledge to provide a more nuanced understanding in addressing your individual needs.
How I work
As a Relational Psychotherapist and Counsellor my primary focus is developing a therapeutic relationship established on certain values and principles which I believe are central to the therapeutic process. This means I will respect your personal experiences, beliefs, culture, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. Our time together will be defined as a two person endeavour which means I will be actively engaged with you and your experiences. In this way I foster a collaborative and secure space whereby your thoughts, feelings and beliefs can be explored in an environment that feels safe.
I see my role as a facilitator, whereby I use my training, life experience and intuition to help guide you. In this way I support you to know what it means to have lived your life, helping you make meaning out of your personal encounters and interactions with others and the world. I work with understanding what matters to you, providing you the opportunity to recognise your innate values so that you can identify the choices that align best with who you are and the direction you want to take.
I am committed to encouraging the autonomy of those I work with, helping you cultivate a better understanding of your past and present experiences. I believe this insight can develop the capacity and potential to better connect, respond and attune with others and the world around you. I have worked with issues around healthy communication, anxiety, depression, anger, understanding and implementing boundaries, suicidal thoughts and I have a particular interest in working with those that have endured adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and relational trauma.
Where I work
I am based in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. There is access to free parking and bus routes near by.
I also offer sessions remotely either online or over the phone, for more information about working in this way please visit my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully insured and a registered member of the BACP the professional body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists which means I abide by their code of ethics and principles. I am committed to continued learning, expanding and honing my skills, knowledge and experience through ongoing regular training.
- PG Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy - Leeds Beckett University
- PG Certificate Interpersonal and Counselling Skills - Leeds Beckett University
- Introduction to Counselling - Leeds Beckett University
- Diploma Level 4: Counselling Children and Adolescents (Pending)
- Working with Shame - Carolyn Spring
- Working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Aspire Training
- Working at Relational Depth - Mick Cooper
- Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with
- Disorganised Attachment - Carolyn Spring
Working with Goals in Therapy - Mick Cooper
Eating Disorders - Kel O’Neill and Yvonne McCarthy
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with