Natalie developed a unique interest in all facets of new parenthood after transitioning to motherhood herself. The transition motivated her to explore parenthood, motherhood and family transitions from multiple perspectives. She has a profound passion for working with new parents as they navigate this time of transition which is at once incredibly rich and complex. It can often bring our own histories to the forefront while also projecting forward our hopes for our own families and selves.
Sometimes after the birth of our children, and at various points in our parenting journeys, we can find ourselves wondering why the reality of the experience is so different from what we expected. We can feel isolated and that parenting is harder, less enjoyable, more demanding, or more stressful than we thought it would be. We can use a harsh critical lens when reflecting on our experiences and abilities. All parents are dynamic. There are many important parts of us that need to be tended to for us to thrive. Natalie’s approach explores who you are, as a person, as a partner, as a parent and what you need to feel nourished in life.
Natalie works from a relational, recovery-based approach. This means that her approach is client-centered and meets you where you are. It also means that the therapeutic relationship is central to her practice. It is through the cultivation of this safe relationship that we can explore painful relationship patterns, attachment injuries and fears. She also draws heavily on body-based, somatic approaches to therapy that explore the ways in which traumatic survival responses have become stored in our bodies and how we can use mindfulness, and body awareness to reconnect with ourselves.
Natalie is currently in the process of completing EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy trainings. EMDR is an evidence-based trauma focused treatment approach. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a body-based, somatic approach that resources the body in the healing process. Natalie also draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness approaches.