Hello! My name is Natalie – I’m a couples and family therapist candidate specializing in working with individuals, families, and couples. I believe that therapy can benefit every person regardless of background. I value the privilege to be able to sit with my clients and support them on their journey to a fulfilling life, deeper connections, healing, and finding their way back to themselves.
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with emotion that you didn’t know what you felt? Do you find you are quicker to feel anger or sadness then other emotions? Do you feel you are feeling so many different things at once, it’s impossible to sort through it all? Do you ever struggle to explain why you feel the way you do, to yourself or to others? If you have, you’re not alone. I have found that so many of us are expected to juggle such impossible expectations, we lose touch of what we want from life. We ignore or push away our feelings when they don’t fit the expectations of others. This works for a while, but can lead us to feeling lost, out of control, and disconnected from those we love. This is where therapy can help.
I view my job as your therapist like a guide. I want to empower you to take chances to be vulnerable with the ones you love in order to foster deeper connections. I encourage the couples and families I work with, to practice direct, honest, and vulnerable communication with one another. I work with clients to find a deeper understanding of their values, feelings, and personal history so we can get them closer to a life they want to live that brings them peace and fulfillment. I find most of us excel at keeping the commitments we make to others; I hope to hold you accountable to the commitments you make to yourself.
I utilize an integrative approach to therapy tailored to the needs of my clients. Some of the approaches I utilize are Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gottman. My general framework is based in emotional experiencing, attachment based theories and deeper personal understanding of self. I enjoy working with clients on identity and value development, betrayal-based traumas such as affairs, and exploring and understanding one’s emotions and emotional regulation.
When I am not working with Inner Compass, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and camping, cooking with my partner, trying new hobbies and listening to songs that make me feel nostalgic. I live with my partner, and we spend most of our time comforting our very anxious dog, Piper.