About Natasha Alan-Williams

Hi I’m Natasha, holistic practitioner, intent on weaving modern science and psychology with ancient insight and mind-body practice.

My work has been a progressive integration of Myofascial Therapy, Trauma Informed Coaching and ultimately the Somatic Trauma Therapy which I am trained and insured to practice today. It’s been hard work but so worth it.

I believe with my whole heart that freedom from pain can only be revealed through working in an integrative way with the whole person, body, mind, heart and soul.

Over the years I’ve worked in physiotherapy clinics, been part of multidisciplinary teams, with case workers, GP’s, neurophysio’s, psychologists – I’ve helped many people – but there was always a little part of me that felt something was missing.

It’s taken time to put the pieces together, studying the theory so I can talk the talk; and doing my own inner work so I’ve walked the walk. It’s a continuing journey, working through my own emotions and beliefs about myself and the world, learning to trust myself and other people, learning the art of inner awareness, intuition and self regulation. You can’t lead people down a path you haven’t travelled yourself.

Because my background is as it is, I know the power of safe touch, movement, mindfulness and breath. I know the body contains more wisdom than most of us can even imagine and, where trauma is concerned, healing is a somatic experience, not an intellectual cognitive construct. We can’t just positive think or talk our way out of pain.

Science, physiology and psychology all play a vital part in my work. The way out of chronic pain is so much more than just addressing thoughts and behaviours – though that is what a lot of people in our mind centric society understand to be the answer to emotional pain.

I am registered with the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists. Adherence to professional standards and ethics is hugely important and registration requires this. This is what the ACCPH aims to achieve as well as raising awareness and representation of evolutionary psychology based therapies, this and acknowledging that there are various approaches in counselling, psychotherapy or hypnotherapy, those which are more conventional and familiar and those which are more contemporary.

The world of trauma therapy is changing, the world needs that to happen, in a perfect world it wouldn’t be needed, but the world isn’t perfect, none of us are and that’s ok. We all have unique life experience, some things we can’t change but, always, my goal is to help you become a more empowered version of yourself, more at ease in mind and body, free from the limitations that thoughts, beliefs and fears place upon us all.

Training

I have studied, trained and practiced Integrated Myofascial Therapy since 2011 and hold an Advanced Clinical Diploma.

During my three years of study to complete the Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy I wrote clinical papers on the theory of pain and fibromyalgia and this research has formed the basis of my work with people with pain associated with chronic conditions. You can read more about Myofascial Release here.

Scar Tissue Therapy

I am trained to use Myofascial Therapy techniques specifically for scar tissue and am listed on the UK ScarWork Practitioner register having trained to practice the Sharon Wheeler method in Scar Tissue Therapy. I am also listed on Susan Findley’s Oncology Practitioner Directory having been trained in Oncology Massage and having completed specific training to work with breast cancer clients post surgery.

Read more about Scar Tissue Therapy here.

Understanding the Nervous System

Specialising in the impact of stress and (physical and emotional) trauma on the nervous system, it is clear there is more to stress than lack of work / life balance and there is more to pain than the symptoms, so it is very necessary to have an understanding of the nervous system and to take a bio-psycho-social-emotional approach.

I am an accredited SIRPA Practitioner (Stress Induced Pain Practitioners Association). I also hold a Trauma Informed Coaching Certificate and am accredited in Somatic Therapies, Emotional Processing and Root Cause Therapy.

I have extensive experience working with people living with disability and neurological conditions. Examples include Spinal injury, MS, Parkinsons and Cerebral Palsy. I have also work with people living with the effects of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, characterised by widespread chronic pain, which appears to result from dysregulation in the central nervous system. You can read more about this work here.

Approach

I have developed an integrative approach to the many different issues I am presented with, using Myofascial Release, trauma informed bodywork and coaching and Somatic Therapy. My approach is tailored to your individual needs. 

Interests

When I am not helping my clients, I enjoy spending time outdoors, dog walks, yoga, swimming, and running and being on or in the sea!

Regulation and Insurance

I am registered with the Massage Training Institute (MTI), the General Council for Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT) and the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists.

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