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Natalia is an intake counsellor and psychotherapist at the Joy Health and Research Centre.
Natalia completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre at the University of Ottawa. She later completed her Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University. Her counselling approach is an eclectic mixture of person-centered, attachment and emotion-focused therapies. Natalia is also open to other theoretical approaches that may benefit her clients. Natalia worked with clients struggling with trauma, mental health, grief, anger management, disconnect from emotions, and issues related to spirituality during her time at Saint Paul University. Natalia also completed a major research project during her time at Saint Paul which examined the relationship between addictions, spirituality and attachment theory and explored how attachment to a Higher Power could be accessed in the therapeutic setting as part of addictions treatment.
During her time at Saint Paul University, Natalia did her External Clinical Practicum at Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services. She worked with individuals struggling with addictions and their family members. She administered both individual and group therapy to clients at Rideauwood.
Natalia also currently works at the Shepherds of Good Hope, where she assists clients who are dealing with homelessness, addiction, trauma, mental health, poverty and abusive relationships. She works at Outreach women’s shelter, where she conducts intake and assists clients with meeting their day-to-day needs. She also works in various supportive living residences, assisting those who have recently obtained housing by helping them to develop life skills and providing them with emotional support.
Natalia has worked with individuals of varying backgrounds and life circumstances. Natalia has training in suicide prevention, motivational interviewing and non-violent crisis intervention.
Natalia brings an open mind and an open heart to her counselling sessions. She believes that providing clients with empathy, compassion and a safe place to express themselves is central to a positive therapeutic experience.