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Ms Natalie Anderson

Ms Natalie Anderson

Holistic Counsellor, NLP Practitioner

Open Circle Wellbeing

Natalie has worked with culturally diverse individuals and families in a range of mental health and wellbeing roles over the past 20 years, utilising integrative therapies involving mindfulness-based CBT and somatic modalities to release anxiety, tension and trauma. She will follow a holistic approach to help strengthen your mind and body connection, and begin the process of healing and recovery from past or present experiences which may be preventing you from moving forward in your life.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

Services

  • Counselling, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Walk and Talk Therapy, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Individual, family and couple sessions are offered in-person and via phone or Zoom. There are also opportunities for 'walk'n'talk' sessions where we can have therapeutic conversations outdoors in nature, as well as play sessions together with your child. Babies are welcome.

    Please get in touch for a confidential chat to find out more.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • ADD / ADHD, Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Autism / Aspergers, Burnout, Carer Support, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Issues, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Migrant Issues, Postnatal Depression, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Social Skills, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Attachment Theory, CBT, Emotional Release, Existential, Holistic, Integrative, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, NLP, Psychodynamic, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 2023 - University of Canberra

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Background

    I also hold a Mindful Schools teaching qualification and NLP practitioner certification, and completed training at the Australian Doula College and Hypnobirthing International. I founded Open Circle Wellbeing in 2016, and have been specialising in perinatal mental health, parenting education and family support since 2018. My focus also includes other significant life transitions following a whole of life approach, aimed at trying to shift limiting beliefs and release anxiety or fear-based responses in a safe and trauma-informed way.

    Fees

    Individual Session Cost: $100 per 60 mins
    Couples Session Cost: $180 per 60 mins
    Concession Rates are also available.

    Payment Options

    Payment is required via electronic funds transfer the day before your appointment.
    Please notify 24 hours in advance if you need to re-schedule or cancel.



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    10 Questions with Natalie Anderson

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I am drawn to working with individuals who may be dealing with challenges which can negatively affect mental health as I know from experience that whether these create or trigger trauma, and how long this may continue to be acute or prolonged, can depend on how supported they feel in acknowledging and processing their emotional responses, and gradually beginning to make meaning from these events.

      I am an excellent listener and have been told that I have a calming voice and presence, and this helps to create a safe space to walk alongside others in their journey so that they do not feel that they have to do it alone, which can make any situation seem even more overwhelming.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • My studies in Existentialism and Buddhism still resonate in relation to the way that we can impose significant anguish and suffering on ourselves through our internal conflicts. However, they also teach us that we have the power to reframe our thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a less limiting way. Eastern philosophies highlight that this requires becoming more attuned to what we are holistically experiencing in our minds and bodies, which was the motivation behind my study and practice of mindfulness.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Transitions can be stressful and difficult because change, and a lack of autonomy and control, often leads to anxiety and fear, which if left unresolved can create strong resistance, even in the face of unhappiness or pain. This is why I am so interested in the ways that we can try to gradually re-wire our brains and nervous systems to sit with all of our experiences and explore our own insights and wisdom, which could also allow us to embrace any opportunities for growth that these moments or events can bring us.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • My methods are chosen in collaboration with the specific client, and reflect the needs and goals that they have identified. This may be strengths-based and solutions-focused, with an integrative, whole-of-person approach that could include talk therapy while walking outdoors, or practising grounding techniques to manage anxiety responses, which might also involve play for children. Our activities could focus on finding the best way of exploring the relational aspects of what is happening for you, and your sense of connection and attachment to key individuals, relationships, experiences and other circumstances in your life.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That differs with each individual, but even the first few sessions of establishing rapport and building trust can help in feeling more positive and confident about the possibility of progress. Being listened to with full attention and receiving understanding, acceptance and unconditional positive regard can make an enormous difference to our perception of our experience.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It has provided me with a safe space for my own inner journey, and to accept that none of us are responsible for "holding up the sky for everyone else all of the time". And while it is important to work towards improving our self-awareness and personal growth, we can only do the best that we can under the circumstances - we have to accept that sometimes that is enough, which I think has helped to make me a better person, parent and counsellor.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • It is extremely humbling and a privilege to work with people to build self-understanding and strengthen human connections, because despite all of the different challenges we face, many of us are on a shared journey of finding some kind of purpose and meaning in our lives.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • I sure do. But I just try to practice self-compassion and go with the flow as much as possible. One of my favourite mantras is "this too shall pass"!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • When we lose our sense of connection with others, our community or environment, we are not as strong or empowered as when we embrace diversity with empathy, compassion and non-judgement. In our relationships with each other and the earth, we need to be mindful of giving and receiving in balance to encourage and maintain equilibrium and harmony, which can start with the cultivation of mutual gratitude and kindness.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I find all forms of creativity inspiring, but Caitlin Moran's 'How to be a Woman' popped into my head for its humorous take on how we can beat ourselves up for not meeting the expectations of others. Like the counselling experience, much of what it says could be something you already sense or know, but might not have been able to articulate so clearly, or perhaps needed reminding about. I think it also inspires us to embrace all of the authentic, messy parts of who we are, and even find the joy in them.
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    Ms Natalie Anderson

    Natalie Anderson

    Holistic Counsellor, NLP Practitioner

    I can listen and hold space for you through perinatal and parenting mental health challenges, as well as complex life transitions involving family and relationships, cultural, gender and neurodiverse or other identity affirmation, and loss and grief experiences. Together we can work on safely shifting out of survival mode towards improving your overall emotional and physical wellbeing....

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    • Attachment Theory, CBT, Emotional Release, Existential, Holistic, Integrative, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, NLP, Psychodynamic, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed