"If you allow yourself to be the person you are then everything will come into rhythm"

                                                                                  John O'Donohue

 

About Me

I am an integrative counsellor who can offer you a safe, empathic, non-judgmental space in which to explore whatever is on your mind.

Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, looking for help navigating a big life change or simply feel like something’s “up”, I provide a confidential space where we will explore your difficulties together and work towards helping you become the best version of yourself.

I have trained in a number of different therapy modalities, including: Person- Centered, Gestalt, Transpersonal, CBT and Mindfulness. My integrative approach means that I tailor my approach to what suits you, and what you feel most comfortable with. I also have a strong personal and professional interest in mindfulness meditation, and often incorporate mindfulness techniques in my sessions.

I will never judge you or tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. I believe that compassion, connection and trust lie at the heart of the therapeutic relationship. My role is to listen and strengthen trust in your own inner guidance. It is as we develop and build on compassion and awareness that we allow the space for real change to take place.

Training and Qualifications 

Counselling and Psychotherapy at Heartwood, Dartington, Devon, UK

Level 3: Foundation Certificate in Counselling (NCS) 
Level 4: Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Accred - NCS) 

Youth Mindfulness: Certificate Children's Teacher Training

Online Counselling: Moving Your Practice Online Certified (Online Therapy Institute)

Registered BACP Member (The British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy) 

 

My Approach

Children and Adolescent 

Even as adults, it can be scary to ask for help, so consider how daunting it can be for a child or young person. If they have no one to talk to or no one who understands them, who can they turn to?

Counselling gives them the opportunity to talk about how they feel without the fear of judgement. I offer a safe environment for children to express their feelings whether verbally or creatively, so we can understand what may have caused them to feel this way and work on finding that safe and secure place in themselves.

Anxiety

Anxiety stems from our "flight or fight" response. It can affect your mental health when you feel anxious every day and can’t remember when you last felt relaxed.

It’s important to understand what is causing your anxiety or you may want to look at ways to break out of a cycle of negative thoughts that are making you anxious. Together we can look at steps to address these issues and find tools which will help you shift these feelings and emotions which trigger the anxiety in us as individuals. 

Depression

Depression affects people in different ways, they range from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful.

First step is talking to someone and realising that depression is not a weakness.

Together, in a safe environment we can explore those feelings with compassion and kindness. As human beings it is important to feel listened to and understood. Using different approaches suitable to each person we can work on finding ways of finding that inner strength and self love.

Trauma

Traumatic events are usually very sudden, or so buried that we don't understand what we are actually feeling. This could be an accident, illnesses, disasters, assault, sexual, emotional or other events which are potentially traumatic. Such events can leave us feeling shocked, disorientated, and distressed.

As your therapist I will help you make sense of your experiences and we will work together to understand, accept and overcome this event in a way that feels most comfortable and safe for you.

Existential / Growth

There are moments in our life were we may feel lost or unfulfilled and we don't know why. We may be searching for a purpose or a meaning to our life. As an existential counsellor I encourage clients to ask themselves what they want, where the source of meaning lies for them.

My aim is to help clients expand self-awareness and increase potential choices, to become present which helps with our future or past anxieties and eventually find our true self.

 

Contact Me

For any questions you have, you can reach me here:

Natasha Martin

+44 07394 915208

nati@natashamartintherapy.com

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