About

*Trabajo con clientes en Inglés, Español y Portugués (Brasil)

Natashia has been working with individuals, couples and families for 25+ years focusing on deepening attachment and wellbeing. She was the featured Doula and Childbirth Educator in Rikki Lake’s, “The Business of Being Born”. This was an honor and aligned with her career goals in supporting parents to feel empowered and loved. She continues to focus on working with individuals and couples who are feeling stuck in their growing relationships.

When life transitions occur (i.e. longterm commitment, the birth of a baby, work transitions, etc.), there can be a lot of overwhelm. This can sometimes feel like a harsh, lonely time. It doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. Natashia supports her clients in learning tools for communicating and connecting amongst all the newness.  In therapy learning ways to love when overwhelmed can be an investment in a skill set that you will use over your lifetime. Feeling intimately connected especially when going through a big transition leads to healthier relationships and more joy.

Niche areas of expertise:

  • Intimacy & Communication
  • Body Image and Self Acceptance
  • Birth & Trauma Counseling
  • Sexual Connection Postpartum
  • Child Development
  • Co-Parenting
  • Empowerment-building with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Navigating Professional Transitions

Mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy: While Natashia uses several modalities, Hakomi Method is one that she integrates into her work often. Hakomi is a mindfulness-based therapy that is “somatic” or incorporates the mind-body experience. There is focus on both building insight (this is more in the literal mind) as well as noticing the experience you are having in your body as you are exploring issues. Sometimes we are so mind driven, we can leave our bodies behind. Alternatively, we may be so body-driven, we can use assistance in learning how to communicate our experience in words. In therapy, we work on balance and the building of healthy internal acceptance and care.

In Couple’s Therapy, Natashia supports communication through the Imago Method. This is a specific method that offers a structure couples can use to share and listen. A structure is often helpful in more challenging conversations. One of the things that is super cool about this method is that once you have practiced it enough, you can use the model on your own whenever you are engaged in a more challenging conversation.

Multi-Cultural Approach: A large portion of my clients come from biracial or multi-cultural backgrounds (or are raising children who are bi-racial/multicultural) and are looking for a therapist who is versed in holding safe space for processing issues related to culture, race, body size/shape, sexuality, religion, class, ability and language. To the best extent I can, I work with the value and intention of holding a safe space for the processing of these issues. My background spans Europe, South and North America. I am a first generation white American Woman who grew up speaking Portuguese, Spanish and English in New York City. I have personal experience with socio-economic class shifts and the role this can have in one’s identity, multi-cultural and bi-racial relationships. The combination of my cultural heritage, race, gender, socio-economic class and language fluency inform my work with a diverse client base.

Feminist Approach: I value caring and honoring the needs of both partners in efforts of building healthier communication. Having a “Feminist Approach” in my understanding equates having a Humanist Approach. In therapy, we can make space to both see what our early models were and then more consciously make choices that feel healthy for us as we grow our relationships and families.

 

 

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