Natalie James Dip.TA Psychotherapy (Registered MBACP)
Do you want to take control of your life?
Are you ready to take the first step?
I can help you. I am an experienced and friendly professional offering affordable and confidential counselling and psychotherapy to adults, couples and groups in Levenshulme, South Manchester.
Why Work With Me?
I am an experienced and friendly therapist who offers a caring and supportive non-judgemental environment for people to work through their personal challenges and difficulties. I have a massive passion for counselling and psychotherapy - from my studies, experience and as a result of my own therapeutic journey. I know this process works!
I can offer you a free telephone consultation which usually lasts around 10 to 15 minutes where we can talk through your reasons for coming to therapy. I will also take some personal details from you and let you know how I work. If you decide you want to go ahead, we'll arrange a first meeting.
As I work from my home, I don't have the usual room hire charges to pay. Therefore I pass on this value to my clients by offering affordable rates. I also run a low cost therapy service to people who are unemployed or on low incomes. It's important that therapy is accessible to everyone, so I'm doing my bit to make this happen.
Can Counselling Help You?
I can confidently say a big YES.....through my own experience in therapy and also the change I see in my clients. Therapy sessions can offer you the perfect opportunity to really get to grips with who you are. You will be given the time and space you need to explore any difficulties or issues you may be experiencing in a safe and nurturing environment.
People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes life can feel like a stuck record. The same old problems keep coming back or they just won’t go away. At other times you may feel a bit lost or held back from achieving your hopes or dreams.
Perhaps you have been depressed or anxious for some time or have other longer term mental health issues? Maybe you are experiencing relationship problems, confusion about your sexuality, loneliness or existential issues. You may have simply lost your mojo with life?
Your therapy sessions can also help you to develop your self-awareness. This is an extremely useful tool to have when making those really important, positive changes to your life.
Taking the first step can often be a daunting process, but it is a process we will do together and you will be fully supported every step of the way.
I trained extensively for 4 years clinical psychotherapy and have a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (TA). During my training, I was rigorously assessed by a UKCP trainer and have the skills to work with the general public clinically. I am also a registered member of BACP which means I have passed their proficiency test and appear on their professional register.
I have a very real interest in people. Stuff like behaviour, personality, why we do the things we do…. that sort of thing. I also have a massive passion for counselling and psychotherapy, resulting from my extensive studies and my own therapeutic journey. I am committed to helping people achieve their goals and bring about positive change.
I started my own therapeutic journey several years ago. I can honestly say it’s the best thing I have ever done. I have first hand experience of the benefits therapy can give – inner calmness, a greater understanding of self, why we do the things we do. Ultimately, a much more positive and happier life. I think it is the one of the greatest, if not the greatest, gift you can give to yourself and one you totally deserve.
If you decide to work with me, I will treat you with honesty, integrity and respect; from an “I’m OK, you’re OK” life position. Together we will look at your presenting issues and what you want from therapy. We will then decide a way forward and work together to bring about the changes you want. I think the relationship between the client and therapist is very important. We will spend time building this relationship, going at a pace you feel comfortable with.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a magic wand so I can’t just make problems and issues go away. However I do see myself as a facilitator in the therapeutic relationship. Therefore I will be there to guide you when needed, offering you relevant and honest input. I can also teach you the basics of some really simple psychotherapy models. This will help you gain a better understanding of yourself and your life. Increased self-awareness is often the key to getting the life and happiness you deserve.
I work confidentially with Adults, Couples and Groups using TA methods. Therapy helps you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours freely and without judgement. I use a variety of techniques which help clients strengthen and heal themselves. These can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
Areas of interest and experience include:
- Social Phobia
- Anger Management
- Existential issues
- Loss and Bereavement
- Emotional, sexual and physical abuse
- Family issues
- Relationship issues
- Low confidence and self esteem issues
- Sexuality issues
- Workplace issues
My practice is based in a garden outbuilding separate from my house. The therapy room offers a confidential and supportive space for you. Here, you will be safe to explore your thoughts and feelings freely, confidentially and without judgement.
How long do I need to come for?
This really depends upon the reasons why you are coming and varies from person to person. Some people attend therapy for a few sessions - they may have a specific issue to work through. Deeper and more complex issues generally require longer term work.
The practice is based in Levenshulme and is 3 miles south of Manchester city centre. It is also within easy reach of Chorlton, Didsbury, Sale, Altrincham, the four Heatons and Stockport.
There are great bus (50, 168, 192, 197) and rail links (Levenshulme Train Station is a 10 minute walk away) for those using public transport or for people coming from further afield.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered member BACP
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy following 4 years extensive training (480 hours) at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, Chorlton
Certificate in Counselling Concepts
101 Certificate in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
4 years Advanced Training in Clinical Psychotherapy
Clinically endorsed to work with the public by UKCP registered trainer
12 months voluntary placement at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
Certificate in working relationally with couples
Certificate in CBT
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
£45.00 for 50 minute session
£50.00 for 1 hour session (couples therapy)
Low cost therapy available for people who are unemployed or on an income of £15,000 gross or less for a full time working week. Please note low cost therapy places are limited and details of fees are available on request
Evening and weekend sessions only
Fees are reviewed yearly and good notice will be given in respect of any changes.
Evenings 6 - 9 Weekends
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have full insurance cover through the Psychologists Protection Society.