Natasha Kottegoda-Breden

Psychotherapist and Counsellor working with adults and adolescents

Registered Member of the BACP, Provisional Clinical Member of SAC, Associate Member of the International Mental Health Professionals of Japan (IMHPJ), International Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

Natasha was born and raised in the UK. and for the past 25 years, she has lived and worked in many diverse, international locations bringing a truly global perspective to her work.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Monash University in Australia, and a B.Soc.Sci.Degree from the University Of Birmingham, UK.

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Working with adults

A Life of Fulfillment, Living by Your Values:
Natasha has helped clients to overcome mental health issues and life struggles by looking at their present thoughts and behaviours and examining their past history and family dynamics. Teaching valuable skills to enable you give up your battle with negative thoughts and behaviours and concentrate instead on building a life with true meaning and value. Key areas of focus are but not limited to:

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Low Self-Esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship or Marriage Dysfunction
  • Creating Personal Boundaries
  • Overarching Control and Perfectionism
  • Creative Loss and Motivation
  • Expat family transition and cultural integration
  • Identity

Working with Adolescents

Building Resilience in Young People:
As a Personal Counsellor at an International School, Natasha has helped young people discover a true sense of themselves and their values and taught them strategies to cope with life’s many challenges. Whether it be coping with erratic or low moods, new skills to improve difficult relationships, coping with family trauma and breakup, attachment issues from childhood, cultural integration into a new school or new country or issues of identity and sexuality.  Her therapy sessions are tailored specifically to meet the individual needs of your child.

Further experience and her approach

Natasha’s professional training also includes 15 years of expertise in business, corporate recruitment, and Human Resources from the UK where she was involved in coaching and advising corporate executives on how to reach their full potential in the workplace.
Natasha has experience of working and living in many different international communities which enables her to be sensitive and responsive to cross-cultural differences, tapping into alternative, long-lasting motivational strategies for change.  From this, she has gained insight and first-hand experience of being an expatriate and moving her young family between 6 different countries having to adapt to new and complex cultures, contrasting educational systems, new friends and with each move, a different life from before.   Natasha truly understands what change means and the challenges and rewards that it can bring.   

“I am thoroughly invested in all my clients and care deeply about the outcome of each of my sessions. I want to help people make a positive change in their lives. As Carl Jung said, “there is no recipe for living that suits all cases,” and I uphold this principle by tailoring my work to best suit the individual. I use theoretical concepts and knowledge, combined with an open, friendly, and holistic approach to maximize my connection with those that I help. We only have one life, let me help you make it your best life!”

Professional Training

Natasha has CBT training from the Beck Institute, advanced certifications in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Schema Therapy Level 1, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Life Coaching (CTI), and an Advanced Diploma in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). She is experienced in motivational interviewing, mindfulness interventions and professional coaching.

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