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Natalie Hawkins Counselling in Balham, South West London

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About me

My qualifications & experience


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Qualifications & training

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

I have also undertaken specialist training with Place2Be, the UK's leading school-based children's mental health charity, in counselling children, child development and attachment theory. Recently, I have completed in-depth training in parental mental illness at the Anna Freud Centre. These further trainings reflect my interest in, and passion for, early intervention and ensuring that parents/carers are supported and cared for, so that they can provide their children with the best possible start in life.

I am also a qualified and experienced M-PACT (Moving Parents & Children Together) Practitioner. I have extensive experience within the field of addiction, particularly parental substance misuse and working with adults to recognise and understand the impact of their addiction on themselves, their children, and family.

I am currently in the final stages of a five year 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. I gained accredited status in 2016, in recognition of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy.


Experience

I have been working therapeutically with adults, children and families for nearly ten years.

I currently work in private practice and also as a psychotherapist within a specialist NHS psychological therapies team.

Prior to my current role, I worked for many years as a therapist for a leading children's mental health charity. I held a number of roles, including as a parent counsellor providing psychotherapy within London primary and secondary schools for parents and carers. I have also worked as therapist in adult community services. I am 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 short-term counselling for children aged 6-18 in a variety of settings. In the past, I worked as a peripatetic counsellor for Finton House School in Wandsworth Common, where I also established the counselling provision that continues to be available for its pupils and families. I have also 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. Our experiences, including our sense of self, are located within our personal histories and narratives, as well as the socio-political contexts in which we live. I am passionate about early intervention and the positive role that therapy can have in supporting children, young people and their families, and enabling social change.


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