Natalie received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University and went on to complete her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. Prior to joining DCTC, Natalie worked for a local mental health policy institute as a Clinical Project Manager where she co-facilitated the implementation of a $7 million dollar grant focused on reducing incarceration rates of the mentally ill population and expanding outpatient services in our area. Natalie has spent a great deal of her time advocating for accessible and affordable mental health in our community. Prior to that, Natalie provided crisis management services at hospital emergency rooms in Denver. Additionally, she has extensive work experience treating adults, teens, children, families and couples at outpatient mental health clinics.
Natalie is trained to treat adults, teens and couples. In her work with adults, Natalie specializes in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of sexual/emotional trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, grief, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. In her work with teenagers, she employs skills to help them learn how to effectively regulate and communicate their emotions and thoughts. She also involves the parents, as needed, to help improve their ability to appropriately discipline, set healthy boundaries and communicate with their children.
When treating couples, Natalie utilizes the Gottman Method among other theories to help couples improve communication and reduce resentment. She is comfortable working with any couple, regardless of sexuality and considers herself an ally of the LGBTQ community. Natalie enjoys working with clients who have experienced a recent life change or grief including relocation, major change in employment, the end of an important relationship and what some term a "mid-life or quarter-life crisis."
In her free time, Natalie loves traveling, attending concerts, eating Tex-Mex and spending time with her two rescue pets a cat named Queso and a Basset Hound named Pepper.