Natalie Kennedy Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Counsellor
I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I am registered with UKCP, HCPC and BACP. I have been working therapeutically with clients for the last 12 years and offer 1-1 therapy face to face and by skype.
I am a relational therapist and building a supportive working relationship with clients is central to my work, as is how other aspects of their lives impact them (family, partnership, work, health, community). I offer a space where clients can be really listened to, and explore difficult feelings and thoughts, and move forward at a pace that suits them.
Having trained in both talking and arts therapies, I am able to work collaboratively with clients to explore the issues they bring to therapy and space to make sense of these together. A creative approach can be helpful when talking is difficult and can offer new perspectives on a particular problem.
I believe that whilst therapy can be challenging when dealing with these issues, it can also be enlivening. I have found the benefit of integrating theoretical ideas is that each one has a wide range of skills, or ways of working that values each person’s uniqueness and can also be tailored to each person.
Finding the right person can sometimes seem like a daunting task. You can call or email me to discuss what you are looking for and to get a sense of me. We can also meet for an initial session.
I have worked with adults, foster carers and young people for many years. I have observed how childhood experiences impact life in the present. I have a particular interest in how both resources and trauma are passed down from one generation to another.
I often work with adults who have been displaced and have a sense of not belonging. I work with clients to tell their own story, find their identity and have more meaningful relationships with different parts of themselves and others.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
- Post Graduate Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
- BA (hons) in Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- Children Matter: Play, Drama and Art Therapy Techniques with Children, Young People and Adults
I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. This encompasses several perspectives: Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Jungian, Transactional Analysis, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and the Arts therapies.
The Continuing Professional Development I have focused on recently has been on dealing with trauma that is passed on from generation to generation, and 'Parts work' which looks at the individual parts of us that perform a service or function (which we may not like). For example the parts of us that are self destructive, critical and/or punishing.
Currently I work as an Arts Psychotherapist in private practice with adults. In the last few years I have been facilitating a training and support package on 'Therapeutic Fostering'. I am a tutor at City Lit and an assessor at IATE.
Prior to this, I worked as an Honorary Psychotherapist in the NHS, offered time limited therapy in a University Counselling Service and a Women's Domestic and Sexual Violence agency. I have also worked as a therapist in the private, community, education and voluntary/charity sectors. Roles have included: Schools Counselling Manager, Freelance Programme Writer and Independent Fostering Panel Member.
I have written articles and contributions for Depression Alliance and Psychologies Magazines.
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
My fees are £65-85 for a 50 minute session. I do offer concessionary spaces, however they are full at present.