I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience working as a behavioral coach, a mental health counselor, and a psychotherapist. I have worked with couples who struggle with communication and division or responsibilities in their lives. I have worked with couples who have been affected by the aftermath of an affair and have decided to stay together. I have worked with couples who struggle to develop intimacy, have struggles with parenting, have a spouse with mental illness or a physical disability, and are experiencing major transitions such as the birth of a child, childhood illness, a child leaving home, taking care of an elderly parent or relative, retirement, or the loss of a spouse.
I have assisted clients who are both non-religious or religious, who have different kinds of lifestyles or human diversity challenges, and clients with different sexual identities/orientation. Many of my clients were of differing ethnic and racial backgrounds and I assisted them in learning how to manage their emotions and adopt healthier attitudes and lifestyles. As a therapist I have taught couples how to set goals, learn problem-solving skills, assertiveness and communication skills, as well as conflict-resolutions skills to assist them with their relationship issues, parenting/relationship problems, career challenges, educational difficulties, issues with self-care, and motivation to complete activities associated with daily living.
My counseling style is genuine, nurturing, and encouraging, kind of like a fun-loving aunt. I believe that my clients are the experts in their lives and you deserve to be treated with respect, be treated with empathy, and be understood as you unpack and explore difficulties and distressing feelings. My approach combines interventions and therapy styles from Cognitive-Behavioral type therapies, Humanistic/Existential type therapies, and Psychodynamic/Attachment theories. I will collaborate with you, coach you, actively listen to you, cheer you, and celebrate with you as we develop your treatment goals and the skills needed to help you to achieve wellness.
It can be hard to look at our lives and see any positives at times. Talking to a counselor or therapist is one of many powerful and impactful steps you can take to start a journey that can potentially help you become a better version of yourself. Just imagine what life would be like if you could decrease the amount of time you felt sad or worried, or how you could learn skills that would help you cope with differing opinions, settling disputes with respect and solutions, coping with death, managing distressful feelings that arise with family or in-laws, or be able to live past hurtful experiences and develop a stronger relationship. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to change negative attitudes about your body, your abilities as a parent, spouse, fiancé/fiancée, or significant other, concerns about your future, and the need to be loved and accepted? It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life, especially if those around us are toxic or have their own struggles. You are brave, you are precious, you are cherished, and you deserve mental health. If you are ready to take this journey, I am here to help you discover the power of lasting change that you have inside of you.
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LMFT #106122 (Expires: 2020-01-31)
Natalie has been wonderful. She’s extremely responsive and proactive in providing therapy to me and my wife. We really appreciate her expertise and effort in helping us through this difficult time and will continue to see her to help us through our ongoing journey.
Very understanding and empathetic. She speaks to what she observes. Seems to listen well and respond appropriately.
Natalie is a great listener and is fair and objective in her assessment of issues. We feel encouraged after each session.
Natalie was a God-send to help my wife and I navigate some thorny issues that were challenging our physical relationship. She got us seeing things in a different light, communicating more effectively, and making progress to have the best-possible marriage. We give Natalie our highest recommendation!
My therapist is very helpful and comforting.