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. In addition, I teach marriage and family therapy coursework to masters students at Loma Linda University as well as research in the areas of community mental health, program evaluation, and experiential group psychotherapy.  I am also an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor in training.

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