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About me

Sometimes life feels overwhelming and difficult. We find ourselves feeling isolated, anxious, and misunderstood. My aim is to provide a safe space for you to explore those difficulties, where you won't be judged or ridiculed. Living through a global pandemic as we have done, has been immensely challenging for many of us, living with the uncertainty and a destabilising lack or normality. For some it has been a time of reflection, raising questions about life choices and the potential for change. For others it has been less positive, stirring up feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, grief, and loss, all of which negatively impact mental health and wellbeing.

Areas of special interest

I am particularly interested in neurodiversity and its impact on mental health as I am parent of a child on the autistic spectrum (ASD)/ADHD and have worked with many clients who are neurodiverse.

I also offer support to women and their partners who are experiencing the menopause. This subject has been misunderstood and often ignored, as such many women do not realise that the symptoms they are experiencing are because of perimenopause/menopause. It can be a frightening time with raised levels of anxiety, feelings of grief and loss and a time where emotional support is needed.

My Approach

Talking therapy can help us understand why we feel the way we do and why we repeat certain behaviours that don't serve us. I work collaboratively and together we will look at experiences that may have left you feeling there is no hope and no choice. This can help create value and meaning enabling change where change seems impossible. You will understand yourself better and be able to communicate more effectively with those around you.

Traumatic events can have lasting effects that may result in addictive behaviours such as alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, and food. To survive we often use these behaviours to numb our pain. Together we can start to explore healthier more enriched ways of living.

It is my aim to make you feel at ease by providing a nurturing and supportive environment. This allows a connection to emerge and a rapport to develop where ultimately you feel safe to explore all those difficult thoughts and feelings. Coming into counselling takes courage; it can feel extremely daunting baring your vulnerabilities. I remember that feeling all too well and I know how hard it is taking that first step, but together with trust and in time, we can take a leap of faith into a whole new way of being.

How to get started?

All you need to do is either call me or send me an email with a little detail about what you are currently experiencing and what you hope to gain from counselling. This enables us to establish if you want to work face to face, via zoom or on the telephone.

I offer the initial session for free, where we can find out if I am the right fit for you or not. This is important as finding the right counsellor for you is essential. Then we will schedule our second session and arrange if you want to work weekly or fortnightly. All sessions are confidential and as a member of the BACP I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework www.bacp.co.uk.

My sessions run for 50 minutes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working in counselling for 3 years.  The majority of that time has spent in bereavement at Phyliss Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, supporting carers, palliative patients and the bereaved. I also run my private practice near Godalming and I am currently completing a BA in Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

  • University of Greenwich - Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Humanistic Counselling
  • NCFE Cache Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NCFE Cache Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
  • NCFE Level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills
  • Volunteer Training - Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care - Level 2 - Best Practice and Health & Safety
  • Volunteer Training - Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care - Level 2 - Volunteering in Palliative Care
  • Volunteer Training - Phyllis Tuckwell - Level 2 - Communication Skills

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer 50 minute sessions and charge £55 per session.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer walk/talk therapy between 9am & 2pm Monday - Friday.  I am currently doing initial assessments remotely via Zoom.

Godalming
Surrey
GU8

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS checked

I offer remote working either on the telephone or via Zoom, Whatsapp or Skype.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp
Natalie McIvor FdSc Counselling, Registered MBACP

Natalie McIvor FdSc Counselling, Registered MBACP