The human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing.
— John Bowlby
 
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Welcome! I'm Dr. Natalie Zaragoza 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 specializing in mental health recovery, addiction, family conflict, adolescents, young adult issues and couple distress. I approach therapy holistically from a relational view, emphasizing healthy and fulfilling relationships as the foundation for balance and well-being.

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 attachment-oriented therapies. I work with individuals (adolescents, teens, and adults), couples, families, and groups and emphasize emotional health and wellness.       

Currently, I practice at Newport Couple and Family Therapy in Newport Beach and was previously supervised by a certified EFT therapist and clinical hypnotist. I also function as a program manager at a premier young adult dual diagnosis residential treatment center where I provide mental health services and family consultation in the mental health residential program.            

 

In addition to being a therapist, I am proud to contribute to the field of marriage and family therapy by teaching and mentoring masters level therapists. I serve as an adjunct professor at Loma Linda University, School of Behavioral Health. I have a background in researching evidence based mental health programs and outcomes in order to promote ethical and effective treatment for communities. My dissertation focused on teaching the process and practice of group therapy to trainee therapists and psychiatry residents. My advanced areas of study include community mental health, program research and evaluation, and experiential group psychotherapy. I am an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor in training.

My Therapeutic Approach

  • Experiential/Emotion-focused

  • Client-centered

  • Evidence-based (I have a background in client-centered outcome)

  • Recovery-oriented (addiction and serious mental health issues)

  • Affirming (LGBTQ community)

  • Culturally sensitive

  • Strength-based

Specialized Clinical Training

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

  • Attachment-based Psychotherapy

  • Bowen Family Systems

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Experiential Group Therapy

  • Somatic Experiencing (SE) for trauma

Education

  • Doctorate, Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University

    Emphasis: Program evaluation and research, teaching and supervision

  • Master of Science, Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University

  • 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