I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.
— Carl Jung
 
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Welcome! I'm Natalie and as a therapist, I have a passion for helping clients embark on a journey of self discovery. I take pride in providing a safe and comfortable space for clients to explore themselves and their most meaningful relationships and experiences.

I am a psychotherapist with a strong background in mental health, wellness, and family systems. I have provided mental health services at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House Charities, addiction treatment centers and in private practice. I also have a background in psychiatry which has uniquely prepared me to understand the biological domain of mental health.

I like to approach psychotherapy holistically with a focus on overall well-being by encouraging attention to emotional, physical, social, and spiritual development as important aspects of a client's total mental health. My personal style is warm, reflective, and genuine. I welcome and value my client's collaboration, input, and specific needs during the therapeutic process. I am extremely dedicated to offering high quality psychotherapy to my clients that is whole-hearted and compassionate.

I primarily use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), systemic family therapy, mindfulness practice, person-centered, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and psychoanalytic techniques. I work with individuals (adolescents, teens, and adults), couples, families, and groups.       

                               

 

Currently, I practice at Newport Couple and Family Therapy in Newport Beach under the supervision of Tinaz Vevaina, LMFT #36313, a nationally approved marriage and family therapist supervisor, certified EFT therapist, and certified clinical hypnotist. I also teach marriage and family therapy coursework to masters students at Loma Linda University as well as research in the areas of community mental health and experiential group psychotherapy.   

My Therapeutic Approach

  • Systemic/relationship focused
  • Client-centered
  • Evidence-based
  • Recovery-oriented
  • Emotion-focused
  • Affirming (LGBTQ issues)
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Strength-based

Specialized Clinical Training

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  • Attachment-based Psychotherapy
  • Bowen Family Systems Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Education

  • Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (in progress), Loma Linda University (COAMFTE accredited)
  • Master of Science, Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University (COAMFTE accredited)
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate, Addiction Counseling, Loma Linda University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, California State University, Fullerton

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O), Helen H. Wright Scholarship

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy #167918
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists #141150
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Orange County Community for Emotionally Focused Therapists