Natasha Lumley MBACP Accredited
Experienced, empathic and professional counselling for individuals or couples, in Wadhurst, near Tunbridge Wells, or online.
Whether you are struggling with the overwhelm of anxiety, the exhausting burden of depression, the pain of loss or bereavement, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem or body image, longing to find a new direction in your life, or just need some support, counselling gives you a safe, non-judgemental, accepting place to explore these troubles, and gain a different perspective. Counselling enables us to have a deeper understanding of ourselves, and the situations which are causing us distress, giving us greater self-awareness and enabling us to shape and develop our lives and ourselves.I am a fully qualified, experienced, humanistic counsellor and have been working with clients since 2011. I am registered and accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their Ethical Framework.
I am passionate about the potential counselling has to enable changes for us all, and my years of experience have only grown this passion further, as I see people gain so much from the process of counselling, time and time again.
I have experience working in private practice, in an agency setting, in a hospice and in GP practices. Along with my advanced diploma in humanistic counselling, I have completed a certificate course in Animal Assisted Therapy, as well as a Couples Counselling certificate course and many continuing professional development workshops. I work with individuals (adults and young people) and couples.
Humanistic counselling is a model of counselling which allows the client to be in control of the direction and the speed of the work. It recognises that we are all trying our best to survive, but that life can be extremely challenging at times. As your counsellor, my role is not to tell you what to do, or offer any judgements. I am there to enable you to reach your own conclusions and to guide you in this process. This may happen through deeper exploration, through giving you space and time to express and allow your emotions, or by looking at coping mechanisms.
In the words of Carl Rogers, founder of humanistic therapy,
"We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed." On Becoming a Person Carl Rogers.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP.
I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and have experience working with many different presenting issues. Humanistic counselling simply means that I work in a way that holds you as being a unique person, worthy of respect and I aim to help you to identify your strengths and gain greater self-awareness. This then helps you to develop and grow your own coping mechanisms. I consider the you to be the expert on yourself and the only person who truly knows how you experience life. My role is not to tell you what is "wrong" or what you should do, but to be in relationship with you, valuing you as you are; offering empathy and acceptance without judgement. That way, I can help you to explore the challenges you are facing and to find and develop your own coping mechanisms.
I work in a largely person-centred way. This means that you are in control of the direction and speed of the therapy. There is never any pressure to explore areas that you are uncomfortable with. From the beginning of the therapy, we would define the goals you would like to reach and we would work towards these together.
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
Free initial 20 minute telephone consultation, followed by £50 for a fifty minute face to face session. Concessionary rates available for those on low incomes.
Concessions offered for
Weekday appointments plus some evenings.