Natalie Kennedy Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Hi, I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I am registered with HCPC and BACP. I am also a Trainer in the charity sector and Local Authority, as well as a Tutor and Invigilator at City Lit.
Building a supportive therapeutic relationship with clients is central to my work. I offer a space where clients can be really listened to, and explore difficult feelings and thoughts, as well as becoming more aware of the patterns in their relationships (with themselves and others). This can enable them to have a greater range of choices, rather than the automatic responses which often become habitual.
Having trained in both talking and arts therapies, I am able to work collaboratively and creatively with clients to explore the issues they bring to therapy. An imaginative approach can be helpful when talking is difficult and can offer new perspectives on a particular problem.
Clients do not have to be artistic and they always have a choice! Some may bring a dream, photographs of a particular time, person or place or use visualisation.
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, applications and/or ways of working that values each person’s uniqueness and can also be tailored to each person.
My aim is to help clients to come to a resolution of their problems, and to explore their potential as they find new ways to live a fuller life.
I have worked with children, young people, women, birth and foster families for many years. I have observed many times 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 and am curious about how culture, class and gender affect individuals too. I work with clients to tell their own story, find their identity and have more meaningful relationships with different parts of themselves and others as adults.
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 and in a fostering charity offering therapeutic services to carers. In the last few years I have been facilitating a training and support package on 'Therapeutic Fostering'. I also deliver training and work as a trainer at City Lit.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
My fees are £65 for a 50 minute session. I do offer concessionary spaces, however they are full at present.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have availability in Waterloo on Tuesdays
Types of client