Trauma & Attachment Practitioner
I'm Natalie, I have been practicing in the field for over 20 years in various professional settings and am a mother of 4 boys.
Some of my favourite experiences include working at a lead mental health agency, supporting foster & adoptive families in treatment homes, advocating for the needs of families whose children have been diagnosed with FASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as advocating so families feel heard and empowered.
I became familiar with the child welfare system while my parents and I turned our home into a treatment foster/kinship home.
Understanding complex multiple family dynamics, blended families, mental health impacts on individuals, as well as the impact on a family system, parental system and siblings. The experience helped me understand complex trauma, developmental trauma, sibling harmful and problematic behaviors, and most of all how difficult it can be to access supports or treatment.
In 2000 I began working with the school system to help classroom teachers better understand the children that are coming from tough places, develop safety plans, and support the attachment needs to prevent ruptures while in the school setting.
School observations and planning with in the schools is a service option that can be discussed upon registering.
The above experiences combined with comprehensive training, have allowed me the expertise to quickly and effectively assess attachment patterns that are taking place in complex situations, and look for the trauma narratives that are playing and enforcing an old dance pattern to take place.
I started private practice so I could provide individuals, couples, families and parents could have access to trauma treatment.
With the understanding of triggers, trauma patterns, and attachment behaviours, we start to see a reduced need for coping tools and a deeper attachment connection.
For more information about my background and qualifications click here