• Natalie Clarke

    Therapy

  • Therapy FAQ

    Where and when?

    I have a space in Peckham but am currently only working online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I offer a mix of morning, afternoon and some early evening slots. I do not currently offer any sessions on the weekend.

     

    Cost?

    Sessions start at £70 for 50 minutes.

     

    For information on my concessions please see the Concessions page.

     

    Availability?

    I currently have a space available, please get in touch to know more.

     

    Please note, I am not always online and so while I aim to reply to all messages within three days, some times it does take longer.

     

    What type of therapy do you practice?

    I am an Integrative therapist which means my training covered a variety of approaches and modalities which I am now able to synthesise and utilise depending on the individual clients I see, their unique situation and what I feel will be most supportive for them. I feel this approach is best because rather than having a dogmatic or rigid way of working I am able to be flexible and meet you where you are. Some key ways that I work include psychodynamic, person-centred and relational approaches. I am also influenced by body psychotherapy and attachment theory.

     

    What did those terms mean?

     

    This is a very simple explanation but in brief:

     

    • Psychodynamic: this means we will probably spend some time thinking about your past experiences and how they shape you today
    • Attachment theory: we will consider your relationship(s) with your significant caregiver(s) and how that might be influencing your relationships in the present
    • Body psychotherapy: we will pay attention to your bodily sensations and see how that relates to your emotions
    • Relational work: this means I see the therapeutic relationship as being the primary site of the growth and healing you are coming to therapy for
    • Person-centred: this means I try to ‘democratise’ the experience of therapy, so rather than me sitting in an ‘expert’ position, I believe you are the expert on your own life and try to be aware of and balance the power dynamic between us.

     

    What are your qualifications?

    I have a postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from The Minster Centre and am on course to receive an Advanced Diploma and MA in 2021. I am a Registered Member of the BACP and Trainee Member of the UKCP. I am also a member of The Relational School.

     

    I have been in training for six years and regularly seeing clients since 2016. I am also committed to Continuing Professional Development and often undertake extra training.

    How do we start?

    If you think therapy is right for you, and are interested in working together, please send me an email and if I have a space I will invite you for an initial session. In this time I will ask some questions about you, what’s brought you to therapy and your history. You will also have a chance to find out a little about me and the way I work too. This session is designed to see if we will be able to work well together. After this meeting you can confirm with me whether you'd like to go forward working together or not. If not, I can help find a referral for you, if wanted.

     

    How often will we meet?

    Once a week, every week on the same day and time, aside from regular breaks at Easter, in August and for Christmas.

     

    How long will I be in therapy?

    I work in an open-ended way. This means I will work with you for a long as you need and as long as the therapy is useful to you. I usually ask for an initial commitment of a year (however if you aren’t sure about this we can discuss it) and I find I often see people for two years or more.

     

    Who comes to therapy with you?

    I work with a wide variety of people, but people who have seen me include queer people, trans and non-binary people, people who are non-monogamous and/or polyamorous or in open relationships, people from a working class background, people of colour, sex workers, and people who practice kink/BDSM.

     

    I am queer and trans friendly, including non-binary identities. I am also kink aware and see sex work as work. I am body positive and practice fat acceptance. As a white person I aim to be as anti-racist as possible and my therapeutic approach is influenced by queer theory and intersectional feminism. I am interested in anti-oppressive work and aim to make my counselling practice an inclusive and diverse space where we can come together to explore, understand and work respectfully together.

     

    If you do not see yourself described on the above list it does not mean I can’t or won’t work with you, these are just some of the areas I tend to specialise in.

     

    What type of issues do you work with?

    This is an non-exhaustive list but I work with: abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, trauma, stress, relationship breakdowns and conflicts, questions or issues around sexuality (including asexuality), questions or issues around gender, non-monogamy/polyamory, issues with family of origin, work problems, coping with marginalised identities (due to race, sexuality, gender identity, gender presentation, disability status, sex worker status and class background).

  • Getting in touch

    You can either send me an email direct or use the contact form here

  • South East London

    I have a practice in Peckham, for south east London based clients, and to serve the Peckham, Camberwell, Elephant and Castle, and New Cross areas.

    Online Therapy

    I now offer online therapy via Zoom, this was initially due to the pandemic but will now be a regular part of my practice.

  • Low Cost Options

    I have two two low-cost slots in my practice as part of my commitment to keeping therapy as accessible as possible. My low cost slots are currently full, but I am now operating a waiting list for them, so if you would like to added to this list, please send me an email.

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