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 Natasha Lawrence

Natasha Lawrence

Counsellor

Mangrove House

At the heart of healing and growth is the relationship with yourself. At Mangrove House, my way of working is through gentle exploration so that you can uncover your inner resources and resilience to meet the challenges that you are facing. Using a person-centred, trauma informed approach, I work with you based on your individual needs and goals

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 150 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney NSW 2037 (02) 9188 7723 PHONE (02) 9188 7723
  • 175a Union Street, Erskineville, Sydney NSW 2043 PHONE

Services

  • Counselling, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • I offer individual counselling for adults.
    Our sessions can be face to face, over the phone or via online video.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Carer Support, Childhood Issues, Creativity, Cultural Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Migrant Issues, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Trauma Recovery, Violence, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Attachment Theory, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed

    You are the expert of your own life. You know the coping strategies you use to deal with challenges and issues. Our work together will be to examine if these strategies are helpful and create new ones that better serve you. At Mangrove House, we are trauma informed and work with physical and emotional safety as our founding principles.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling - 2020 - Australian College of Applied Psychology
    • Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts - 2001 - University of Newcastle

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    As a member of PACFA, I uphold its standards for ethical working and professional development. I am undertaking more training in trauma and body work while using a person-centred approach with all my clients.

    Background

    Alongside private practice I work as a crisis counsellor at a women’s centre in Sydney’s west, with expertise in working with issues of shame, grief, identity, and loneliness. My interest in listening and supporting people also led me to volunteer as a support worker for the National Association for Loss and Grief.

    Appointments

    Sessions are 1 hour. If you require a longer session, we can discuss that together.
    Fridays 8am - 6.45pm
    Saturdays 8.45am - 10am

    Transport and Parking

    Both locations are accessible via public transport. Street parking is also available for those who drive.

    Fees

    $121 incl. GST

    Payment Options

    Eftpos, Cash



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    10 Questions with Natasha Lawrence

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

    • I have always loved listening to people and understanding what motivates them. This love led me to do my own therapeutic work to gain a deeper insight into myself. While depression, anxiety, loneliness, and grief may be universal human experiences, how each of us live with that experience is different and unique. I became a counsellor to support people through these hard times and helping them access their inner strength and resources.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Person-centred work has driven my approach and development. This is the starting point with every client to establish a relationship and trust. Once this is in place, I like to work with parts, based on the Internal Family Systems model, Gestalt, mindfulness, compassionate enquiry. As a trauma specialist, my work with clients is trauma-informed ensuring safety in the mind and body at all times.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Change and growth from trauma particularly interest me. Trauma is not about what happened to someone, it's about how that event has lodged in their body and mind, and how it plays out in their current life. I love seeing people overcome that wound and move away from what is holding them back to release and thrive on their inner potential
    • What method/s do you use?

    • As always, the client is at the centre of the work that I do. I use a variety of modalities depending on the client's need. In my work, I have drawn on Internal Family Systems (IFS), Gestalt therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative, Parts work, and Compassionate Enquiry
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Being able to talk about one's experiences safely and freely is progress. My aim is to create an environment for the client to be able to share what they need to with me from the first session
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I am aware of how my history effects me today. Having struggled with my own past, I have great empathy for people who are trying to do the same. This makes me a better counsellor as I really have a sense of the great journey a person has undertaken just to walk through the door and sit with me
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Listening to people's stories and hearing about how they have already overcome hurdles in their life. I love knowing the richness of people's lives and being part of their journey for however long we work together
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course! On these days I acknowledge it to myself and allow compassion and space for me to be and perform however I need to
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Lack of communication and loneliness. In a world where we are so connected, I see more and more disconnection. Losing ourselves in screens exacerbates the sense of being alone and cut off as well as severing empathy for each other
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
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     Natasha Lawrence

    Natasha Lawrence

    Counsellor

    My interest and passion for counselling started with my own therapy so I understand first hand how hard it is to open up to someone and share your worries and fears. My focus is on keeping you grounded and safe so that you feel comfortable in sharing your thoughts and feelings with me. Having enjoyed a diverse career from teaching to the corporate sector, I have seen how pressures of life can effect us. Our therapeutic relationship is the first step in your journey of self discovery and growth...

    • Glebe, Erskineville
    • Attachment Theory, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed