NATASHA KOTTEGODA-BREDEN

CBT & ACT Therapist | Counsellor | Coach

MCouns (Aus), BSc (UK), CTI (Coach), NLP (DIP)

Serving the expatriate and English speaking community in Tokyo, delivering specifically tailored
CBT & ACT therapy, counselling and coaching

I was born and raised in the UK. and for the past 20 years I have lived and worked in many diverse, international locations bringing a truly global perspective to my work.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Monash University in Australia, CBT training from the Beck Institute, advanced certifications in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Solution Focused therapy (SFT), Life Coaching (CTI) and an advanced Diploma in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). 

 

I am a member of the Australian Counsellors Association (ACA) and uphold their Code of Ethics while practicing in Japan.  I am also a registered Associate Member of the International Mental Health Professionals of Japan (IMHPJ).

Over time, I've accumulated valuable clinical experience with a broad spectrum of mental health clinics and private clients, as an International School Counsellor in Tokyo and by volunteering on a suicide lifeline.  Each of my bespoke sessions will usually entail using a combination of the following client centered approaches:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT)

Motivational Interviewing

Mindfulness Interventions

Professional Coaching 

 

My professional training also includes 15 years of expertise in business, corporate recruitment and Human Resources from the UK where I was involved in coaching and advising corporate executives on how to reach their full potential in the work place.

 

I have experience of working and living in many different international communities which enables me to be sensitive and responsive to cross-cultural differences, tapping into alternative, long-lasting motivational strategies for change.  From this, I have gained insight and first hand experience of being an expatriate and moving my 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.   I truly understand 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 to 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.

 

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