Natasha Abbasi MBACP, PG Dip. BScEcon, LL Dip.
I am an integrative transpersonal counsellor. The unique element of transpersonal counselling is that we encompass mind, body and spirit in the work. It’s a talking therapy but can also involve experiential exercises, visualisation and guided meditation. I sometimes use art and other creative techniques within therapy, which can help us access parts of ourselves that talking alone may not reach.
Before I trained in psychotherapeutic counselling I spent many years in the City as a banker and a lawyer. I am familiar with the anxiety and stress that working in pressurised environments can bring. I am also familiar with the particular stresses that corporate life brings – from starting out, through middle management and all the way up to board level.
I have experience of working with people with alcohol misuse and alcoholism as well as other addictions and addictive behaviours. My approach supports people who are in recovery.
I trained at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London and I am a registered BACP member.
How I Work
My style of counselling is gentle and compassionate. We will not be trying to ‘change’ or ‘fix’ you, but to make you the best and most comfortable version of yourself. To empower you, to build agency and purpose. To discover or reclaim the elements you would like more of in your life – be it relief from anxiety, peace, serenity, motivation, or the things that you are looking for.
I know that you hold the answers to what troubles you at the moment and it is my job to help you find those answers. The solutions that will work the best are those that are already within yourself and these are the ones that you will lead you to where you want to be. You, and everything that is so special and unique and wonderful to you and about you, are your best and most effective assets. Our work together is one of reflection and insight: we clear your path.
How Counselling Can Help
The psychotherapeutic relationship allows you to find a way through issues of depression, anxiety disorders and stress, to name but a few. Often you are not sure what is bothering you but want to explore thoughts and feelings that have led you to feel stuck, to lose a sense of who you are or to see meaning in your life at this time. Counselling will give you a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space in which to do this. My role is to guide you and to use my professional training and skills to do this, with empathy, experience and compassion.
We will work in the way most suited to your needs, whether through short-term therapy or long term counselling. We will work at your pace, safely but effectively.
You may feel unsure of who to work with and how to choose. So contact me without obligation and let's talk. I can hear about you, listen to how you're feeling and to what you'd like to get out of therapy. Then you can decide if you want to set up an initial meeting.
The next step is to meet for an initial session. After that if you want to keep going, we will arrange to meet every week for an hour.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychosynthesis Trust, London: Counselling for Anxiety, Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Infertility Counselling, Relationship Issues, Stress.
Women & Girls Network, London: Counselling for clients who have experienced gendered violence, Trauma, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Disassociative Disorder and Counselling for Young People and Teenagers.
Trained in: Solutions-Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy and Long Term Therapy.
Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling.
Other Experience & Qualifications: BSc Economics, UK Law degree, UK Solicitor Qualification. I have worked at a senior level in banking and finance in the City of London. I also counsel people suffering through Work-Place Related Stress.
I am a trained Mental Health Advocate.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Labels and diagnoses are not always helpful – often people are unable to put a name to the distress that they are feeling. If this is how you are feeling right now, I provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential place for us to try and find you relief, solutions and peace.
My fee is £45 for individuals' one-to-one sessions and £60 for couples' sessions.
We begin with a one-hour initial consultation, whether by telephone or in person. This gives us a chance to get to know each other, to talk through what has brought you to counselling and gives you the opportunity to see how you feel about us working together.
Please allow 24 hours notice for cancellations to avoid incurring the session fees.
I have practices in Crystal Palace and London Bridge.
Car parking is available at the Crystal Palace practice.
Late evening and weekend appointments are available.