• Natalie Clarke

    Therapy

  • Therapy FAQ

    Where and when?

    I see clients in Borough/London Bridge, Euston and Peckham. All my slots are currently in the afternoon but please get in touch to discuss specific timings.

     

    Cost?

    Sessions start at £70 for 50 minutes. I do have some lower-cost slots for those on a low income, but all low cost slots are currently full.

     

    Availability?

    Please email to check on spaces.

     

    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 2019. I am a Registered Member of the BACP and Trainee Member of the UKCP.

     

    I have been in training for five 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.

     

    How often will we meet?

    Once a week on the same day and time.

     

    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 LGBTQIA+ people, trans 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, highly sensitive people, 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).

    Online sessions?

     

    I do offer the possibility of working online, although my general preference is for us to work face to face. What this means in practice is that I am happy to have an online session if you can’t make our meeting as usual (for example because you are away) but rarely work entirely online. However this isn’t an absolute, and if you are interested in online only sessions please get in contact with me to discuss. I use the service Zoom for speaking online as I have found it to be more secure than Skype. It’s free to download should we need it.

     

     

  • Getting in touch

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  • 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.

    Borough & London Bridge

    I have a practice based on Borough High Street for clients in the Borough, Southwark and London Bridge areas.

    Euston

    I have a practice in Euston for clients in the Euston, Camden and central London areas.