Natasha Williams - CBT (BABCP Accredited) and EMDR
Hi and welcome to my profile.
My name is Natasha Williams and I am a experienced Adult, Children and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I have over 20 years experience of working on a one to one basis with adults, children, adolescents and their families, all from different ethnicities, cultures, religions and genders.
As a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy I have worked with many adults who have experiened feelings of anxiety, sadness, low mood and stress due to issues which have included relationship difficulties, work/ university stress, loss and bereavement, trauma from past life experiences, trauma from road traffic accidents and issues of low self esteem. My work as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with children has included treating low mood, anxiety, suicidal ideation, trauma and Obsessive Complusive disorder (OCD). I have also worked with adults and adolescents who have learning difficulties and Aspergers syndrome.
So what is Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)?
CBT can be used with adults, adolescents and children. It can help with Depression, anxiety, feelings of stress, feelings of worry, Post Traumatic stress following a traumatic experience and for children/ adults who have suffered from abuse. CBT can also be used to treat panic, phobias and Obsessive Complulsive Disorder.
CBT is a talking therapy and can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health and emotional difficulties. The basis of CBT is that beliefs that have been formed within childhood and early adult experiences can affect what people think, how people feel and how people behave. Consequently, during times of mental distress, people think differently/ negatively about themselves and what happens to them. Thoughts can therefore become extreme and unhelpful, and can affect how a person feels. This results in a person behaving in a way that prolongs their distress.
For example, a person who is suffering from depression, may see their friend on the opposite side of the street. They may shout out to their friend, who may ignore them (for many different reasons), however the depressed person automatically thinks they have been ignored because their friend is upset with them or no longer likes them. Consequenetly the depressed person feels sad, unhappy, angry, lonely, and so they may withdraw socially, act aggressively, over/under eat, over sleep or never leave the house (all behaviours) which makes them think even more negatively about themselves, causing a negative cycle.
CBT practitioners therefore help each person identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour. In doing this, the result is often a major improvement in how the person feels and lives.
What will happen in therapy?
Our initial contact before agreeing therapy would be a process of me gathering information about your current difficulties and what types of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours are maintaining the difficulties. It would be at the end of the session that I would be able to advise you on what I believe the problem is and what type of support you would need. If you agreed to come back to therapy our following session would look at a "formulation" (how your problems developed and how they are maintained) of your problems.
We would then produce and look together at your problem list, where by we would agree goals for the future (whether this be for the end of therapy or in the near future). I would then suggest an appropriate "treatment plan" (how we plan to address some of your issues), which may include activities such as behaviour activation to increase your motivation and mood, or thought challenging whereby we plan activities or experiments in order for you to challenge some of your unhelpful thinking and beliefs. Subsequent sessions would then be based on us working through your issues, at the same time as addressing some of your goals.
The sessions are very much your session, and so I believe it is important that plenty of time is spent on the issues on what you believe are a priority. In order to ensure this is achieve, at the the beginning of every session we will agree an agenda of items you would like to discuss. Session would also end with us agreeing tasks for you to complete at home so you can practise what we did in session.
Therapy can be completed within 6-20 sessions depending on the specific issue or disorder. However, we would review progress and the number of sessions periodically.
I am also qualified and experienced to use EMDR to treat trauma and anxiety. Please make contact for further information.
I am an experienced and qualified clinical supervisor who offers supervision to Hi intensity trainees and CBT Psychotherapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
July 2001 : Diploma in Social Work (University of Central England)
July 2002: Bsc Social Work (University of Central England)
July 2010: Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Adults, Children and Adolescents) at Derby University.
June 2011: Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Adults, Children and Adolescents) at Derby University.
June 2012 Msc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Adults, Children and Adolescents) at Derby University.
March 2014 – May 2014: IAPT Hi intensity clinical supervision course at Birmingham university
July 2013 – Dec 2013: EMDR qualification part 1, 2, 3 and 4 with EMDR Extra
October 2014 - NLP level 1
February 2015 - EMDR Children and Adolescents Level 1
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of interest and vast experience -
- Trauma - Road traffic accidents, single event trauma, pregnancy/birth trauma and traumatic grief.
- Work place stress
- University students suffering from stress, anxiety and low mood symptoms.
I have access to therapy rooms within the Edgbaston, Erdington and Birmingham city centre area of Birmingham.
Sessions are 50 minutes duration for adults and 45 minutes duration for children and adolescents @ £90 per session. Payments will be taken at the end of sessions either by cash or cheque.
I am registered with many private health insurance providers such as Avia, Simplyhealth, Bupa, Nuffield health, AxA, CIGNA and Vitality ( use to be Pruhealth) and so I am able to offer therapy via their health policies.
Clinical supervision is charged at a rate of £70 per session.
I am a member of BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) and am also accredited.
I am also a registered member of EMDR association UK and Ireland.