Natasha Byrne MBACP
The Practice Rooms
39 Cotham Hill
I work as a therapist in Stroud and Bristol, with individuals, couples and young adults. My website is www.natashabyrne.com. I charge £40 for a 50 minute initial meeting - an opportunity for you to get a sense of whether having therapy with me would be right for you.
Therapy can be a great resource to work through the difficulties you're facing in your life - the blocks that hold you back from reaching greater fulfilment. What we discuss is up to you; each session is an opportunity to explore the experiences and issues that feel important. You will determine the pace and the depth of the process. Our exploration may enable you to rediscover inner resources and guidance, innate well-being and abilities to deal with life's challenges. Common issues that are brought to therapy include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, relationship troubles, stress, loneliness, sexuality. Oftentimes people come for therapy due to feeling a lack of direction in life, a stuck-ness, or a feeling of not meeting one's true potential.
Making a commitment to having regular therapy can be hugely beneficial and has the potential to be life-changing though I can't claim that I can free you of your struggles in a few sessions: a lot of the work is down to your own determination, willingness and commitment to courageously face that which is difficult in your life. Strong emotions may surface or things we haven't fully acknowledged about ourselves may come to light. If these things do begin to stir it can be a sign that the therapy is having an effect. At times this can feel scary but is usually a normal and needed part of the therapeutic process. What I endeavour to offer is a reliable, committed and collaborative working relationship (and would ask you to do the same) to patiently face and unfold the dilemmas and difficulties you encounter.
Having someone close to us can be a huge contributor to our sense of well-being but when our primary relationship isn't always as we hope, it can have a deep and stressful impact on us. Oftentimes couples can get into a state that feels impossible to emerge from, an inescapable impasse. Whether the intention is to stay together or separate amicably the work of couples therapy is to unfold and inquire into the state that your relationship is in and to address that which is holding you back from having the relationship that you hope for. It may seem hard to imagine that if the state of the relationship can be understood with care, then what can come out of this can be relationship treasure, leading to greater intimacy and understanding of one another.
The best way to get a good sense of how I work, whether for individual work or with your partner, would be to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
About me, my qualification and my experience.
My approach is Integrative, which basically means that I draw from several major schools of psychotherapeutic thought. I always endeavour to practice in a way that is diversity-affirmative, meaning that I'll respect your own unique life choices and situations (pertaining to issues around sexuality and sexual preference, political/spiritual/religious beliefs, gender identification, ethnic background, socio-economic status etc).
I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited course) and a further one year training in Relational Couples Therapy. I have also completed a foundation year in Process-oriented Psychology (the work of Amy and Arny Mindell). For more information on this, you could look up Processwork UK or contact me. I am committed to my own personal and professional development through regular CPD and personal therapy. I have been working through my own life challenges with a therapist for over 7 years, five of which have been with a body psychotherapist; Body psychotherapy and Processwork therefore both naturally inform the way that I work.
I've three years experience counselling at The Swan Project in Bristol largely working with people who are struggling with addiction.
I am a fully qualified, insured and registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)and I abide by their ethical guidelines. I have professional, clinical and strictly confidential supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Processwork. LGBTQ, Transgender, relationship diversity, non-monogamy, issues related to sexism.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
I offer sessions face-to-face (in Stroud and Bristol) or via Skype. In Stroud I work from my home practice room at a location close to the town centre. In Bristol I work from The Practice Rooms on Cotham Hill.
If you come for an initial meeting and it doesn't feel like a good fit for you there is no obligation to continue.
Fees are charged on a sliding scale. You can choose what to pay depending on what feels affordable given your financial situation.
Initial meeting £40
Individuals £45 - £60 / session
Couples £55 - £70 / session
Evening sessions (after 5pm) in Bristol - minimum£55
If you are a high earner, or have financial wealth, I invite you to pay a self-selected figure that feels meaningful to you and reflects your commitment to the sessions. This then supports me to offer cost-price sessions to individuals and couples who are struggling to afford counselling.
If you are financially stretched (low-earners, single parents, benefit claimants etc) concessions are available for daytime appointments in Stroud or sessions via Skype. Please contact me to discuss if you feel that this applies.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss therapy further please contact me on email@example.com.
Maps & Directions
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Bristol on Tuesdays. Other weekdays in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Types of client
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