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Natalie Hawkins Counselling in Balham, South West London

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About me

My qualifications & experience


Qualifications & training

I hold a postgraduate diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from City Lit in London.

I have also undertaken counselling training with Place2Be, the UK's leading children's mental health charity. This specialist training around counselling children included workshops relating to helping children tell their stories, working with metaphor, making endings with children, and attachment theory.

I am also a qualified M-PACT (Moving Parents & Children Together) Practitioner.

I am currently studying towards an MSc in Contemporary Person Centred Psychotherapy and Applications at Metanoia Institute, London.

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I practice within their ethical framework.


Experience

I have been working therapeutically with adults, children and families for the past seven years.

I currently work in both private practice and also for a leading children's mental health charity, where I provide one to one counselling for parents in the school setting. I also co-facilitate an eight week therapeutic programme for families impacted by parental substance misuse.

My previous experience includes working as counsellor in a community counselling service providing assessments and one to one therapy for adults experiencing a range of issues. I am also an experienced school counsellor and worked for a number of years in a local Wandsworth primary school, as well as a therapist for a young carers' project in East London where I provided short-term counselling for children aged 6-18 in a variety of settings. As part of my private practice, I currently work as a peripatetic therapist for a local independent school. In the past, I have trained and worked as a counsellor for Childline.

Prior to my therapy career, I worked for over ten years in the fashion industry in London. I hold a BA Hons in English Literature, and consequently have a keen interest in the concepts of story-telling and narrative within therapy. I am passionate about early intervention and the positive role that therapy can have in supporting children, young people and their families.


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