Natalie is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who has diverse experience working with both adolescents and adults in residential, outpatient, and school settings. She began her career as a therapist for a 30-day intensive residential program for adult males with co-occurring disorders and provided behavioral health counseling to youth at Daly City Youth Health Center. Natalie graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, as well as Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. This was a furtherance of her education after earning a dual Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in both Art Practice and the History of Art.
Natalie’s passion as an artist distinguishes her in her work, supporting a culture of creativity, innovation, and fun. She encourages and supports individuals and families in promoting growth and change in a playful and warm atmosphere. Natalie has developed from her role as a Counselor III into that of a Primary Therapist and developed our Multi-Family Group Program with skills, grace, and humility. From therapeutic tennis to rock painting to crocheting, her talents delight both the staff and the clients and their families. Therapeutically, Natalie strives to develop and apply a multi-modal practice that engages clients beyond the limits of talk therapy by encouraging clients to tap into their creative nature and discover deep and meaningful insights into their own personal strengths, values, and personal needs. It is from this place that she fosters a stronger level of understanding and compassion between clients and their loved ones, the foundation for recovery and resilience. Natalie’s hope for all clients who step through the doors at Center for Discovery is for them to recognize, gain an appreciation for, and to find the strength to be able to share the authentic and original gifts that they have to offer this world.