Natalie Thomas Dip. Integrative Counselling MBACP
I am a Humanistic Counsellor and I see everyone as a unique individual with different needs, this is why your sessions will be unique to you. I tailor and integrate your therapy sessions based on what you need and want and I will follow your lead in them. You will choose what you wish to think, feel, or talk about. I do not wish to tell you what to do, but I do want to help and support you through your issues.
What to expect
Counselling is a chance for an individual to have the space and time for themselves to explore and experience their thoughts and feelings in a confidential and safe place. With me you can be assured I will listen and support you in a way that is without judgement.
In this time a person can gain self confidence, and make better choices for themselves and be able to move forward in their lives.
I like to meet people in therapy on a regular basis to begin with, and sessions last 50 minutes. I have a quiet, discreet room on the first floor of a community centre. There is free parking available, as well as a cafe and toilets. I offer the first initial session for free so we can discuss how I may help you. After this I charge £35 a session.
How counselling works
It is a process, that you are in control of, and it's your time you give to yourself to help get through or accept your own issues. The process takes as long as you need and will take you as far as you wish to go. I will come along on your journey and facilitate in a non-judgemental, genuine and trusting way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
My integrated course consisted of three theories of therapy: the first being Person Centred Counselling - being the bedrock of my practice; the second and third being Gestalt and Transactional Analysis - both I believe equally essential in helping to understand another person's world.
I trained with an alcohol addiction agency for over 2 years where I gained a wide understanding of addiction and everyone affected by addiction. I'm an approved Adoption Counsellor for Barnardo's Link and can counsel people who are adopted or are affected by adoption.
I have extensive knowledge and a personal understanding of the Autistic world and how it affects everyone involved.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please call or email for a first 30 min meeting which is free.
Each counselling session after will last 50mins at a fee of £35.
How do you know if counselling is right for you?
There are many reasons why someone may turn to counselling: unhappiness, anger, sadness, feeling scared, to name but a few. Counselling can help you understand and explore why you are having these feelings.
There may also be an issue that you are finding hard to understand or accept, for example: Addiction, Adoption, Autism or Bereavement. Counselling can help you reflect and understand these situations, whether they affect you directly or if you are living alongside people with these issues.
You may simply need a person to confide in and hear you, this can be a very freeing experience.
Looking for counselling for a friend or family member
It is always important that the client is in full agreement to have counselling support. If you are trying to find counselling support on behalf of someone else, I would suggest a brief informal meeting between us to introduce myself and to talk about what your expectations and assumptions about counselling may be.