Natalie Smith (BACP Accredited), BSc, MSc Counselling Psychology and EMDR
I am a fully accredited, sole practitioner providing individual and group counselling and therapy for a wide range of issues. My experience enables me to offer effective, individualised, private treatment. I offer a relatable, non-judgmental approach to allow you space to feel understood. We use the initial assessment to formulate your issues and set goals.
Since completing my degree in psychology and my masters in person-centred counselling psychology, I have received further training in solution focused therapy, compassion focused therapy, transactional analysis and EMDR. I also have over three years’ experience with CBT in outpatient, daypatient and inpatient settings. This enables me to use a flexible approach, making therapy fit your needs rather than expecting you to fit to a certain model.
I have previously worked with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, relationship issues and self-esteem issues and many other difficulties such as social anxiety, OCD, dissociation and trauma and transference. More recently, I have trained in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine and CBT for weight management.
I can offer appointments with most clients from adolescent age upwards including adult work. Sessions are 50 minutes face to face (free parking) and longer appointments can be discussed based on requirements - longer appointments may be necessary for trauma and EMDR work. For groups, I am able to attend your venue. Weight Management Workshops have a specific group pack. Other groups can be requested, please contact me for further information on groups.
Please contact me via email for an informal, no obligation discussion regarding your therapeutic needs.
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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.
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
£60 per face to face session (50 mins)
£50 per Skype session (50 mins)
£50 per telephone counselling session (50 mins)
Group work - please contact me
Reduced rate sessions available for counselling students and students.
I also work for The Priory Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham. If you have insurance and prefer to be seen here, 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).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday and Wednesday day time and evenings Tuesday and Friday evenings Saturday mornings
Types of client