(Artist / Psychotherapist)
Nathalie’s first passion was art which she used as a way of exploring the world and her place in it. She studied Fine Art and gained a BA (hons) in Sculpture. Whilst working as an artist, Nathalie became involved in community projects and working with children and adults with special needs. She became excited about the therapeutic benefits of art and broadened her work to include creative workshops and working with a small theatre group providing drama therapy.
Her work with children and young adults with special needs led her into the field of social work and she worked for 8 years in Inner London Children’s homes. Through her experiences of working with troubled children she began to explore ways of working more therapeutically than her social work role would allow and began training as an Art Therapist.
Her experiences on the Art Therapy training opened her eyes to the potential of art in expressing aspects of ourselves and our experiences which are not always acknowledged or fully conscious. Fascinated to know more, she went on to complete a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and became an accredited Psychotherapist.
Nathalie has worked as a Psychotherapist in a number of settings and for the last 11 years has been working for the NHS as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor which she finds both demanding and very rewarding.
Nathalie has a great love of traveling which she feels opens her eyes and has given her a wider perspective on life. She has spent time in India and Nepal where she became interested in different experiences and expressions of spirituality and philosophies on life.
Nathalie met Roz Robinson many years ago whilst training in counselling and they worked together in the NHS. In more recent years Nathalie has collaborated with Roz on Gayles Retreats where she facilitates art workshops which compliment the yoga, mindfulness and meditation and walking within the beautiful natural surroundings of the Sussex Downs. Nathalie does not seek to teach art techniques but encourages people to experiment with art materials in a playful way and as a therapeutic tool for exploring their experiences, sensations and emotions and of better understanding their relationship with the world and themselves.
Nathalie Jessel has a BA( hons ) in Fine Art and is a MBACP Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor.