A warm welcome to my profile, my name is Natalie, and I'm a qualified person-centred counsellor.
Easing the pain of loss and grief, depression or anxiety or trying to understand the imbalance in our lives is hard to do alone. Family and friends can be our ‘rocks’ and on our side, but leaning on loved ones for emotional support may not always be possible or the most beneficial. Counselling offers an opportunity to work with someone who is neutral, whom you can work with on an equal footing, and who will focus entirely on you during your sessions together, helping you to remove the obstacles blocking your path.
As a person-centred counsellor this is how I would work with you, I would not judge you or give you advice or solutions, instead I would be alongside you listening, accepting, understanding and encouraging, as you begin to make sense of the struggles you may have in your life.
I believe you are your best expert, and that through the counselling process you will ultimately find your own answers.
I believe that given the right environment people naturally develop in a positive direction.
Training, qualifications & experience
Before I trained to be a counsellor my life experiences included working as a solicitor in a variety of settings, raising 3 children with my Husband, and working in a voluntary capacity for a charity called the Cleft Lip and Palate Association. I currently work for an eating disorders charity based in Bristol.
I qualified as a counsellor in July 2014 and have been seeing clients since 2013, principally for a sexual health and HIV charity in Bristol, and more recently for Off the Record (Bristol), a mental health support and information service providing counselling and other services for young people aged 11 - 25.
My voluntary and paid work has had a focus on helping and counselling individuals living with long-term conditions, which include, HIV, eating disorders, living with chronic pain and/or disability.
Having worked for an eating disorders charity for a few years, I have a good understanding of how Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder) can develop, and why people get trapped in these sometimes hard to understand conditions. I recognise the links to psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and self-harm. I understand how dangerous eating disorders can be, not just because of the impact they have psychologically, but also the physical consequences an eating disorder can have on the body.
My work in eating disorders, and previous voluntary work has made me particularly aware of the immense pressure and stress that can be felt by those people caring for loved ones living with long term conditions. The work has given me insight, experience and a desire to continue helping, supporting and counselling people who are ‘carers’ in these circumstances.
My counselling experience so far also means I am sensitive to the cultural and ethnic origins of individuals and to people's religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
More generally I have experience of working with clients with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, loss and grief, difficulties in relationships, sexuality, shame and low self-esteem.
Qualifications and Professional Bodies
Registered Member of the BACP
Foundation Degree in Counselling (Distinction)
Admitted as a Solicitor
BA (Hons) Law
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
I work with adults and young people providing individual counselling on a short and long-term basis.
The first 30-minute session is free. Subsequent sessions are charged at £40. All sessions are 60 minutes.