“Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy”
Hi, I'm Natalie and my story starts back in 2002 when my son died at 3 days old. It was then that my life took a complete turn and my eyes were opened to the way life can change when you least expect it. Knowing how to deal with my grief and that I needed to deal with my grief in order to move on, was a difficult process. When I finally had counselling and realised how much it changed my life, I knew then that I wanted to be a counsellor and help people change their lives.
Along the counselling route, I also trained as a hypnotherapist. This therapy complements counselling as it helps to get to the route of an issue.
I work from my therapy room in Benfleet. I offer a wide range of counselling and hypnotherapy services to help guide you through life’s challenges and most trying times.
Being an integrative counsellor basically means that I combine different methods of counselling to suit your needs. The methods I use are: Person Centred; where you talk, I listen and you take the lead in therapy. You talk about what you need to discuss. If you start talking about your past and mention your past several times, we may then venture into psychodynamic counselling. This is where I may encourage you to talk about your past. You will explore and analyse how past events, possibly something in your childhood has impacted on your present. The last method I use is CBT, where you come up with goals and I give you different techniques to achieve these goals.
What to Expect
If you have ever experienced relaxation or meditation, hypnotherapy is very similar. At your first session I will talk to you about what you would like to achieve through hypnotherapy. I then tailor the session to your needs. I divide the therapy into 3 sections. The first part is all about learning to relax, using your breathing to relax both body and mind. I then help you to deepen your relaxation by getting you to visualise various scenarios. This could be walking down a staircase, walking along a beach or imagining yourself in a beautiful garden. Once you are deeply relaxed, the hypnotherapy begins. You may choose suggestion therapy, hypno-analysis, or even past life regression.
Suggestions are when I talk to you whilst you are deeply relaxed. When you are relaxed deeply, your subconscious mind becomes more accessible. It is the subconscious mind that stores our beliefs, memories, habits, phobias. The subconscious mind is the part of the mind we need to reach in order to change. You relax and I talk to your subconscious mind making positive suggestions. This can be used for any issue including; weight loss, smoking cessation, phobias, addictions, anxiety, job interview techniques and sleep problems.
Guiding You On the Path of Self-Healing
This is different from Suggestions, as you take a part in this therapy. I talk to you and you talk back. Once you are in deep relaxation, we explore the issue you brought to therapy by me taking you back to a specific time when this issue started for you. If may be that you do not go straight to the start, as some clients do not want to go there at first. This is perfectly fine, as it can be quite scary re-visiting old memories in such detail. Your mind is very clever and will not go where you don't want it to go. Hypnotherapy puts you in control. It may take a few sessions before you can fully explore your issue. What is amazing about this therapy is that it can get to the root of your issue and helps you to understand why you may be having certain feelings and emotions. This therapy is perfectly safe and time is given at the end of each session to discuss what you saw and the feelings you had. These sessions I combine with counselling, as hypno-analysis can bring forward some hidden memories that you may want, or need to work through.
Past Life Regression
Have you ever wondered about past lives? Do you have recurring dreams and wonder if this is a link to a past life?
When having this therapy it works the same as hypno-analysis, in the fact that it is a two-way therapy, where you talk when under hypnosis. I guide you along your journey into exploring past life or lives. It is perfectly safe and can be of great interest in possibly finding reasons for behaviours now. Time is left at the end of sessions to discuss what you found. This is important, as some clients do not remember what they say when under hypnosis, and other clients can remember each specific detail. If you are interested, why not book a one off session?