Directive approach utilizing a combination of skills training (DBT. CBT. TFCBT, TST, EFT, NLP). I am completely passionate about what I do and although I do schedule potential new clients for an initial assessment (up to 3 sessions), at that point we decide whether or not to "officially" hire each other. Time is a precious resource that cannot be replenished and any client that seeks me for treatment should do so knowing I respect that and will do my best to guide them literally to the change and highest self they seek.
It has been a life-changing experience working with Natalie. When I came to her, I was dealing with symptoms of depression and anxiety, a constant sense of shame, and feeling like I had no control of my life. Natalie is very empathetic and warm, but she will also tell you the truth even when it is a little hard to hear. She knows what she is talking about and is trained in a variety of different treatment methods which she will pull from as needed. She gives great homework assignments and expects you to do the work. Most of these have been really instrumental eye-opening for me. She has helped me get to where I no longer feel like a victim, but I have a say in how my life goes. I have learned to be kinder to myself and how to have more effective and positive relationships. My work with her has been part of a huge turning point in my life, and I whole-heartedly recommend her, whatever your need may be.
I've had the opportunity to work with Natalie over the last 18 months and can recommend her without reservation. Natalie is a kind and compassionate professional who is concerned that I am making progress towards my personal goals. Natalie listens well, and beyond that, is able to "hear" what's really being said. Natalie comes prepared to each meeting and expects the same of her clients. She is able to start up exactly where a previous appointment left off. This won't be just "talk therapy". Bring a notebook and expect "homework." She handles conflict well and there isn't anything I don't feel comfortable discussing. Appointment times are flexible, easy to schedule and the office is centrally located. I would not hesitate to recommend her!
I am receiving excellent care in a very safe and caring environment. The therapist is very skilled and prepared each week to work with me. Her main concern is help me achieve my goals. She is proactive and supplies many mental tools to help me reach my goals. Working with her is very easy and non judgmental. I feel I will reach my goals as long as I continue to see her and do the work that is required.
First three sessions are dedicated to a full pscyhosocial evaluation. Thereafter, each session ideally begins with a quick check in of the intensity rating for the week (of symptoms as would have been determined in the evaluation) and a review of what skill or "homework" I might have asked you to focus on for the week. Then listening to what did happen the previous week. And a suggestion of what to "do" or try differently in the week to come.
Licensed Master Level Clinician, training in the various skills modalities previously mentioned (CBT, DBT, TST, TFCBT, NLP). And the best education- life iteself. And all of what I have learned from my own life as well as the lives of thousands of people over the 15 years+ I have in this field altogether.
Standard Rate for individual therapy is between $250-$350, depending on the complexity of the case as defined by how many systems are involved (eg if there are court systems, CPS systems and so forth). I do accept some insurances.
Self Pay rate can be significantly lower and negotiated based on need.
There is also a discount available to those that have daytime flexible hours available to conduct the treatment.
It was definitely a Calling. Even when I did my formal education, I did so thinking I would pursue political advocacy and social change. I did get to accomplish some of those goals. Along the way I accepted a part time job as a mental health therapist at the strong insistance of the clinical director at that time. At first I looked at it more as coincedence of sorts that clients were really getting much better and overcoming so much. Eventually I realized with full conviction that this is just my calling, thousands of clients and "magic moments" later.
People with issues related to aging, medical, life transitions, significant relationship losses, trauma. In a sentence, acting one way but having this part of themselves that wants more and is aware that there is more to themselves and life then where they are at.
Significant Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety), Addictions, Psychotic spectrum disorders (including Bi Polar, Schizophrenia, OCD), Personality Disorders and related conditions.
I thought it was really beautiful and inspiring to see that so many people took off of work, sacrificed rest and other resources- all to pull together towards finding these two young girls that wandered off and got lost in the woods. So many people demonstrated the kind of crazed care and devotion that is more typically associated with the family. After three days, the girls were found alive and reasonably well. I'm inspired by the power of community.
My advice would be to think about what it is that you are really looking for in a therapist. If it is an "emotional holding" or presence type of healing therapist, then you are likely to find plenty to choose from. If what you are really looking for and need is for someone to connect with the "real" you and actually help you connect with a higher version of yourself, then be sure to choose someone who can offer you authenticity and skills.
Are they actually willing to do whatever it takes to break the bonds that it has over them? (whatever the "it" is).
Are they aware that change is a process and that in order to see the benefit, it takes a commitment.
Do they have a sense of their own schedule and can carve out a weekly time that will be dedicated to their therapeutic growth.