Natalie Westcarr MBACP
Hi, my name is Natalie and I too have been where you are...
Welcome to my profile. I appreciate that it can be a difficult decision to make when searching for that someone who will be on your side who will not judge, or, tell you what to do, say or think! I understand that it’s not easy finding that kind of person under any circumstance, but, maybe this time that someone can be me.
If you've been feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of life, lost, lacking in confidence, anxious, confused or simply stuck and unsure of what to do, or, maybe you're currently experiencing emotions and feelings you can’t name, but which have a profound effect on the quality of your life. It might be that you are struggling in your relationships and can’t seem to stop the same situations from happening time and time again. Well, it's possible that your usual way of dealing with life’s difficulties just isn’t working for you anymore, and you need a new approach. This is where therapy can play a very important role in helping you to overcome these obstacles.
Being able to share your difficulties and struggles without the burden of guilt or shame can be one of the most daunting things one can do especially when our social norms, culture, or upbringing dictate that it is a weakness to expose our vulnerabilities. We therefore internalise our struggles which can lead to mental distress, isolation and despair. However; I’d like to congratulate you on braving the first step...I see the strength in you and the courage to seek change.
How I work
As an integrative therapist I help people to develop a better understanding of themselves and their difficulties by providing a supportive and consistent presence which fosters an environment that promotes growth and change. My role is to support you through your difficulties, and, help you to tap into your inner strength and potential for living a more satisfying and balanced life. I am warm and empathic by nature, and will listen with interest to what you have to say without judgment or criticism whilst helping you to make sense of what’s been bothering you. I am committed to being transparent in the therapeutic relationship which sometimes means I will gently challenge unhelpful thoughts or behaviours with a view to supporting you to develop a positive and healthier way of being.
How counselling can help
By engaging in a therapeutic relationship built on trust, you will not only experience me walking side by side with you as you explore and try to understand those uncomfortable and sometimes painful feelings which are oftentimes triggered by life’s events, or, have built up after years of being the person other people expect you to be. Over time, you will also begin to trust in your own ability to make positive decisions concerning your life. Throughout our time together, I may ask you questions about your earliest experiences or relationships which will help me to understand what may be going on for you now, but, rest assured we will only go at your pace and as far as you feel comfortable. I will also look at what is happening for you now to see how you currently experience things in the present day, and, work with you towards a healthier way of being by exploring alternative management strategies. The therapeutic relationship is instrumental in promoting psychological change, therefore; our relationship will give me an insight to how you relate to others outside of the therapeutic space, and will serve as a platform to helping you make positive changes in those relationships as well as the one you have with yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a trained and qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics. My clinical roles have involved developing an Intercultural approach with a focus on presenting problems such as: depression, anxiety, domestic violence, personality disorders, addictions, sexual abuse, and relationship based issues, loss, identity and low self esteem. I have experience in integrating a community based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems within non-profit organisations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Employee Assistance Programs, and continue to do so in my private practice.
I offer open ended therapy, long term therapy, and, short term therapy lasting between 6 -12 sessions depending on the needs of the client.
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- CPCAB Level 2 Introduction to Counselling
- Better understanding of FGM and creating a safe space for survivors
- Helping clients who are in situations of intimate partner violence, and, emotional abuse
- Supporting clients dealing with chronic illness and health crisis
- Interventions to help with anxiety in the short term model
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Supporting clients who's family member suffers with addiction
- Supporting Young Women Affected by Child Sexual Exploitation
- ‘Abortions: Decisions and Dilemmas’
- WDP Substance Misuse Practitioner Training
- HAGA Alcohol dependence, detoxification and withdrawal
- RCGP Eating Disorders
- RCGP Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- RCGP LGBT Issues in Primary Care
- RCGP Suicide Prevention
- Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees and availability:
Monday - Thursday 5 pm - 9 pm £60 per session.
Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm £50 or, 5 pm - 9 pm £60 per session
I offer some reduced rates for those on a low income, but please do feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.
I work with young adults from 16+, adults, seniors and Employee Assistance Program.
I currently tutor at City & Islington College teaching the CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3, and, hold a valid enhanced DBS. I am fully insured and receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with the BACP ethical framework.