Natasha Westerman


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07751437401

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Therapist - Leeds

Leeds LS11
07751437401
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary Rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am a qualified play-therapist, working with children and young people and have experience working with children and young people who have had a range of life changing events which have led to them needing extra support. Many children and young people also suffer from anxiety, depression, eating-disorders, grief and los, amongst many other issues, where early intervention can prove useful in offering them the best chance of mental and emotional well-being for now and the future. This can all lead to family's seeking support in order to restore and enhance family life and be beneficial for the future. For the child's mental and emotional well-being, I request that you commit to at least 6 session of play-therapy with me, as it can be detrimental to them if sessions are suddenly stopped with no prior planning and ending.

Practice description

What is play therapy? Children cannot always recognise or process their own feelings and emotions, this can make it difficult for you and them to identify what is going on for them and the best way forward. I offer a space where children can, through play, explore and make sense of their world and what is going on for them. This can lead to them being more able to regulate their emotions and feel more at ease with their lives and their world. This can promote change in them and offer them tools for the future and enhance their own resilience. Through play I can observe their behaviour and gain an insight into their problems, what is going on for them, and children can often learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviours. I have worked with children and young people in schools and other settings, and have specific qualifications, training and experience in play-therapy.

My first session

The first session will consist of an initial meeting with me where I will endeavour to make you and your child feel comfortable and at ease in my presence. You will be invited to spend as much time as you feel is needed to facilitate a sense of safety for you and your child, as I appreciate how worrying it is leaving your child with a stranger, and we will have a short discussion where you can tell me a little bit about your child and explain what maybe going on at home, I am also happy to have regular update meetings with you where necessary to discuss progress, this will be charged at normal session rate. My premises does have the facility's for you to wait around near the room whilst we are in session, alternatively there is a coffee shop very nearby where you can spend the time whilst waiting. I have a fully enhanced DBS which I am happy to share with you.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Emotion focused therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Therapist - Leeds

Leeds LS10
07751437401
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary Rates

Availability

At the moment I am offering telephone sessions and online through zoom so Therapy is still accessible to all.

About me and my therapy practice

Hi, my name is Natasha and I am a qualified counsellor working with children and adults in Leeds and the surrounding areas.

I understand how daunting it is looking for the right therapist, and my intention is to help you feel at ease and be able to form a trusted relationship where you feel safe and supported right from initial contact.

I believe that you are the expert in your life, and sometimes you need a little support and guidance to help you through your journey.

I offer a therapeutic experience where I will work alongside you in order for you to be able to consider and explore your issues and facilitate change in yourself to enable you to lead a more mentally and emotionally enriched healthy life.

I will offer you a non-judgmental, empathetic, confidential time and space to off-load and work through any issues you are facing.

I am passionate about offering people the tools for change and to allow them to make changes which will truly enrich their lives and their future.

I offer an integrative approach, meaning that I can use a range of skills and interventions based on your needs.


Practice description

I have extensive experience working within the NHS so understand and can empathise with NHS staff and how they are feeling, this is why I am currently offering a 10% discount to any NHS staff.

I have also worked with many victims of abuse, such as, sexual, domestic, physical, emotional, and their families who have also been affected by this.

I have worked within a bereavement charity and can offer bereavement support to those who have lost loved ones, and/or are grieving for their past/future, such as people who have lost loved ones to illness or addictions, and life is no longer the same.

I also have extensive experience working with men and women who have or are suffering from pre and post-natal depression, I can work with you to enable you to enjoy your family and have the future you dreamed and hoped of.

As well as working with lots of people who are suffering from things such as Anxiety/ Depression/ Addictions, and the effect this is having on them or their loved ones lives.

I have also worked with lots of people who self-harm and/or consider suicide regularly, I may be able to offer you the support you need to get to the root of your problems and enable you to enhance your life and your future.

I have experience working in an open-ended way, which means that you are in charge of how many sessions you would like, there is no limit to the sessions I can offer, as well as time-limited, which can be set by you, usually, from 6  to 12 sessions, this way I can work with you considering how many sessions you have set and structure sessions accordingly.





My first session

From our first session, I will endeavour to make you feel comfortable, understood and safe.

At our first session, we will have a discussion about what has brought you to therapy, I will explain to you how I work and how I may be able to help you, this may involve me asking you a few questions about things such as what are your goals, what would you like to get out of therapy, the first session may also involve completing a short questionnaire about your mood etc, this will give me an insight into your world and where I may be able to help you more.

If we both agree that we would like to work together then I will explain to you what you can expect from me and would like you to consider, such as appointments/ cancellations etc. We will then both sign an agreement, agree on session times and begin your journey.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Emotion focused therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, EAP, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited