Life and the challenges it throws us can be difficult at times and affects both our mind and body. Taking the step to look after ourselves and start therapy can be daunting but I am here for you to start and guide you through this process.
Hello, my name is Natasha Knight and I am a fully qualified, person centred counsellor and a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). After a short course of counselling as a teenager following major changes in my life, I gained an appreciation for the difference therapy can make to a persons life. Working in a people centric role for many years encouraged this fascination for therapy and psychology and I finally took the leap into training as a therapist. My motivation is meeting clients of all ages and backgrounds and helping them to work towards their own personal place of contentment (or Eden).
As a member of BACP (membership number 00976869) I adhere to their Ethical Framework and this ensures I keep the client at the heart of my work and that I maintain and enhance my skills via a programme of continuing professional development and courses. In addition to my private practice, I work for a community counselling service and also a charity that supports clients who are unable to leave their homes.
Do you want to be able to understand and confront issues, build resilience, gain in confidence and self awareness and move forward in life?
Do you want to speak with someone who doesn't judge you, where you can freely express your thoughts, feelings and emotions in a safe, confidential and tranquil environment?
As a therapist my ethos is to help enable you on this journey of self discovery within an empathic and compassionate setting. Therapy can help you gain an improved understanding and recognition of self, identity, problems, patterns and life events. Having this fresh perspective can then offer you insight into how to work with issues, build strength and self esteem.
Whilst therapy does not offer instant fixes, nor do I offer specific advice, it does empower you to identify useful strategies and make choices to encourage and pursue change to help you move forward in life.
Areas I can help with are:
Loneliness & isolation
Anxiety (general & social)
Work related issues
Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.
Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do and help empower you to start a process of acceptance and making different choices moving forward.
For clients who wish to work face to face I offer two locations. My rural location is just a few minutes from Rusper, Newdigate and Charlwood and close to Horsham, Crawley and Dorking. Free parking is located just a few feet from my therapy room.
Alternatively, I also offer sessions from a Horsham based therapy centre close to the station with free on street parking. Both locations offer a safe, peaceful, dedicated therapeutic environment for clients. If leaving your home is difficult, I can arrange home visits upon request
I provide telephone and online counselling to people throughout the UK.
I offer a free of charge 30 minute initial consultation. This consultation can be provided in person, online or via the telephone depending on your preference. This time allows me to understand why you are considering counselling and allows you to ask questions about therapy and the process. If you feel comfortable and wish to proceed with therapy, fees are £50 for a 50 minute session.
Therapy is available on a short term, time limited or open ended basis.
I work with 18+ young people, adults and elders and can offer flexible timings to suit Monday to Thursday.
Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and - hopefully - resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks the understanding of the problem improves and away forward becomes clear. Therapy often describes work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Therapy often requires a long-term approach, so the number of sessions can be open-ended.
Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling works well as an ongoing, longer-term option - or therapy can manage to resolve an issue in just a few sessions.
How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people a couple of sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach.
Before we begin any work we will agree on the number of sessions we’ll undertake, and at the end of that number review our progress. As long as we both agree further therapy will be of benefit to you, sessions can continue.
My aim is to offer a first appointment - known as an initial assessment - within 1-2 weeks. Then we would arrange a set number of counselling sessions to take place at the same time every week, that is convenient for you and where I have availabity. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on the availabity of that free ‘slot’.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.
Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but a key aspect of therapy is that you should feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you who can be connected those issues makes this opening-up more difficult, so for this reason I do not see clients accompanied by friends or family.
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