Natalie Smith (BACP Accredited), EMDR, MSc Counselling Psychology and, BSc
Currently only offering telephone and online counselling due to COVID-19. Please contact me for new online sessions; this can be for COVID related anxieties but also any other of my specialist areas. EMDR can also be conducted online.
I am a fully accredited counsellor with experience providing a professional and comfortable environment to my clients. People reach out for counselling for many reasons and I like to think that my experience since qualification means I am able to utilise our relationship to help you understand and work through your current difficulties. It’s important to feel understood during counselling sessions and I aim to be a compassionate and understanding counsellor. Previous clients have fed back that I am down to earth and easy to talk to.
I don’t feel that one approach fits all so since my initial counselling qualification, I have trained in other areas and modalities such as compassion focused therapy, EMDR and DBT skills (if you wish to see other approaches I have trained in, please see below or my website for a more in depth discussion). This enables me to provide you with therapy that suits you individually. We can discuss this during an initial free short call prior to meeting or we can agree your needs and goals during our first assessment. My main aim is to ensure you feel you are achieving your goals so I provide short term and long term therapy depending on your needs.
I am able to treat common aspects of mental health such as depression, self-esteem and anxiety but I have also trained in more specialist areas such as CBT for weight management, trauma, social anxiety, OCD, dissociation and fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue.
I work with adolescents and adults on a one to one basis and sessions are 50 minutes. I offer weekday appointments from Bromsgrove and evening appointments from Harborne (Harborne is a limited clinic) so please specify which clinic you are interested in upon your initial contact. There is ample parking at both sites and Bromsgrove is an accessible site.
Please contact me via email for an informal, no obligation discussion regarding your therapeutic needs.
Types of therapeutic interventions I provide:
This is my initial training where I received an MSc and I am fully accredited with the BACP. It aims to offer a non-judgmental approach where you are encouraged to set and understand your own goals. We work on the relationship between us in order to help therapy work.
Solution Focused Therapy:
Solution Focused Therapy is a goal oriented therapy where we use specific questions to work towards your goals. The approach is less problem oriented than other approaches and aims to help you understand and examine how you are able to overcome your current issues.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy for trauma, traumatic memories and PTSD. It can also work on fears, OCD, phobias and pain management. We will use bilateral stimulations to combat the memory patterns surrounding the trauma. In this approach, traumas can be large events such as war or physical assault to smaller events such as bullying and difficult relationships.
Compassion Focused Therapy:
Those who are currently suffering with mental health problems often find they are unable to be compassionate towards themselves because they feel under threat. This therapeutic approach aims to deal with feelings such as guilt, self-criticism, anxiety and shame using compassion techniques.
Since qualifying, I have completed many CBT training days which enable me to integrate CBT techniques into our sessions.
I have trained in TA 101. Transactional analysis examines how we express our personality through interactions and behaviours. It helps us to understand our relationships with others.
Cognitive Analytical Therapy:
Another CPD training. It aims to examine how your beliefs and actions regarding these beliefs keep you in the problem.
Whilst I am not a DBT therapist, I have trained in areas of DBT so can provide a DBT informed approach such as difficulties with emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal skills. This is particularly suited to those who suffer with personality disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (2:1)
MSc Counselling Psychology (Merit with a Distinction in Counselling Practice)
3 years experience/CPD with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) including OCD and weight management (psychology for obesity)
Professional Development Training and Experience with Solution Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy and DBT skills for emotional regulation.
Qualified in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR - all three training completed)
Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Registered member of the British Psychological Society and the EMDR Association.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can also provide therapy for weight an obesity management, EMDR and therapy for fibromyalgia and medically unexplained symptoms such as headaches and chronic fatigue and EDMR FOR OCD.
£65 per face to face session (50 mins)
£55 per Skype session (50 mins)
£55 per telephone counselling session (50 mins)
Group work - please contact me
Reduced rate sessions available for counselling students and students.
I am registered individually with insurance companies so can accept insurance funded clients. I also work for The Priory Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham where I offer much more availability so if you wish to be seen here and are self-funding or have insurance, please contact The Priory Group directly.
Unfortunately, I am unable to offer a 24 hour crisis service at any point during therapy.
If you feel this is what you may require, please contact your GP to see what services are available locally to you.
I will respond to queries as quickly as possible but if your query is regarding risk or crisis, please contact your GP, your local emergency services, attend A&E or contact Samaritans (as they offer a 24 hour contact telephone number).