Natasha Sephton, HCPC Registered
Hello and welcome.
I have an established private practice where I offer therapy to individuals, groups and couples. Areas I cover are Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. In some situations, I offer Skype sessions for people who live outside of these locations.
I have over 10 years experience as a therapist and 25 years working in roles that have involved supporting people of all ages in their personal development. I work with adolescents (16 +), adults, couples and groups. I also supervise other therapists and counsellors. For more information about how I work please go to www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk. I offer an initial meeting which is charged at half fee and is free from any obligation.
Often people seek therapy because their difficulties have become unmanageable and their symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or relationship friction, can feel all consuming.
Knowing this, I aim to create a comfortable environment for people to feel welcomed and feel as safe as possible. I am sensitive to work in a way that feels supportive and exploratory at the same time. It’s crucial that in healing emotionally painful issues, it is done without re-traumatising. To ensure this, I work in alliance with you, being mindful to work at your pace and importantly, will not ask you to go over painful experiences in depth. This provides my clients with a smoother therapeutic process and offers successful outcomes.
Working compassionately with unaddressed painful experiences.
Many of the issues people come to me with relate to previous trauma. They can be one off incidents, like a car accident, or ongoing, such as being mistreated by someone or neglected as children. Problems with mental health largely relates to our life experience and how we have perceived it. Often, people don't realise that their issues, such as depression, are linked to previous trauma that hasn’t been addressed. Unaddressed events like these can lead to feeling anxious, low and trapped, adding to relationship difficulties, or contribute to mental and physical health problems.
You can feel more resilient, self-accepting, and more at peace within yourself and your relationships.
Working together we can sensitively explore the causes of your current feelings. I focus on integrating painful experiences so that when you recall them, they don’t hurt any more, you don’t flinch, and you don’t attempt (perhaps unwittingly) to avoid being hurt in the same way again. Instead, you feel more resilient, more self-accepting, and more at peace within yourself, and your relationships. This frees up vital energy that was previously focused on protecting you from past events.
I am very passionate about working in the area of mental health and healing the impacts of difficult and painful experiences. It is honouring to be a part of people’s transformation, helping people to create new and positive changes for themselves.
I hope this information helps you to have an idea as to how I work, and how I can meet you in the difficult place you are in. Working together I can help you move into a life where you feel better connected, happier and more in-charge. I know that by understanding and healing your past I can help you to be more present in the here-and-now, allowing you to create a future where you are very much the author of your own life.
You may contact me by phone or email if you’d like to talk any of this through. If what I am offering is of interest to you we can arrange an initial meeting. Initial meetings are charged at £25 for half an hour and are free from any obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated from the University of Derby in 2003 with a BA Hons in Creative Expressive Therapies which was a great foundation for my professional post graduate training (Masters equivalent) as a Dramatherapist which I completed in 2005.
I became an accredited Lifespan Integration therapist in 2015 following my Level 1 training in 2011 and Level 2 in 2015 (taught by Peggy Pace). I am an approved LI supervisor since 2017.
I trained as a Creative Clinical Supervisor throughout a one year diploma course (Creative Approaches to Supervision) at the London Centre of Psychodrama, 2013 - 2014.
I attended Taking Therapy Outdoors training with Hayley Marshall in 2018 and now offer nature based therapy and supervision with individuals and groups.
My special interest in early life health led me to complete the Pre and Perinatal Awareness Training, Afron Monro, Derby, 2013 and the Infant Diagnostic Classification, School of Infant Mental Health, London, 2011
I worked in the NHS from 2005 - 2008 in a Tier 4 day hospital and a Tier 3 clinic as a Dramatherapist working with children and adolescents with enduring mental health problems.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer Clinical Supervision:
Creative clinical supervision
Lifespan Integration supervision
Nature based supervision
Nature based group supervision starting April 2019
Photos & videos
- Ongoing - Parental Postnatal Support Group
- Ongoing - Derby Talks presents 'Womb-World: The Experience of the Baby in the Womb' with Afron Monro
£25 fee (30 mins)
Assessment and Individual therapy
£55 per hour
I am open to discussion regarding fees as I am aware that for some people the need for therapy can come at times of real financial hardship. Please feel free to discuss therapy fees with me at your initial meeting.
£60 per hour
What To Expect When Making Contact?
To help you decide if I am the right therapist for you, it’s helpful to come to an initial meeting. This is a time for you to see where I work from, to meet me and consider what you want from therapy. I am a warm and approachable person and I hold our discussions in the strictest confidence right from the outset. There is no obligation to start therapy.
If based on this initial meeting you wish to attend an assessment session, and if I have space, we can arrange an hour - 90 mins session in which I gather information, or your history, to get a picture of what is your difficulty, what may have contributed and you can ask more questions. Based on this session, we will both decide whether to commit to working together.
My therapy room is tranquil, comfortable and has good privacy. Please be aware that the initial meeting is not a session to offer therapeutic interventions, however, people do often report leave feeling 'lighter' due to sharing their difficulties.
I appreciate the desire to know how long therapy may take and I may be able to gauge whether you will need short or long term therapy, but I cannot say with any certainty how long you will need in therapy. I do work transparently, involving you in your therapy plans and reviews, ensuring we are staying on track and observing the changes that have taken place and what further work needs to be done to help you feel better as quick as possible.
Please contact me by phone or email if you’d like to talk any of this through. If what I am offering is of interest to you we can arrange an initial meeting. Initial meetings are charged at half fee and are free from any obligation.
What Drew Me To Become a Therapist
Formally a youth worker, outdoor instructor, and development trainer, I have always worked with people to support and develop areas of growth. I have over 20 years combined experience working with children, adolescents and adults individually and in groups (including families). My interest in working as a therapist grew from my late teens, through my 20’s.
As a youth worker, my work with children and young people led me to be intrigued about working on a deeper level with this age group. I qualified as an outdoor development trainer as I was interested in the role of nature on social and personal development. Engaging more meaningfully with the development of young people in this way was rewarding, yet I was becoming increasingly interested to know more about the psychological processes involved in dysfunctional dynamics.
In 1998 I attended a 2 day training in 'Dramatherapy for Development Trainers' and discovered the therapeutic potential of working creatively with people. Following this short course and back at work with young people with a history of drug-use, crime, antisocial behaviour and mental health needs, I was delighted to see their enthusiastic response to the creative expressive activities I was offering! It was from here that I embarked on my career as a Dramatherapist. I feel incredibly fortunate to do the kind of work I do and am passionate about working with people creatively, witnessing the remarkable, long-term changes that occur in peoples lives.
Other services offered
I supervise counsellors, psychotherapists, arts therapists and other health care professionals.
I offer workshops and training catering to specific needs for organisations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays 9 am - 3 pm Supervision and assessments Tuesdays 9 am - 3pm Therapy and supervision Wednesdays 9am - 6pm Therapy and Supervision Thursdays 9 am - 6pm Therapy and Supervision
Types of client
Supervision & training
My focus is to support my supervisees in their role as therapist or counsellor, offering a contained space to creatively reflect on their practice.