Dr. Natalie Nelson-Blake


 I believe healing and personal empowerment happen within the context of a therapeutic relationship in which one is deeply listened to and understood. Through deep, compassionate listening and understanding, I can work with you on practical solutions to address whatever issues have brought you to therapy.


 

While the therapy process happens primarily with the individual or couple in therapy, it never happens in a vacuum. I see it as vitally important to consider the social contexts of each person’s life, including personal relationships, local community, and society as a whole. Exploring how these social contexts may be contributing to how we are feeling and thinking about ourselves and others is part of what liberates and empowers us to change in whatever ways will lead to greater life satisfaction and well-being.

 

I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco and have trained in multiple settings, including university counseling centers, a middle school doing school-based counseling, an outpatient eating disorder clinic, and a play therapy center. I was most recently employed as a postdoctoral fellow at University of San Francisco Counseling and Psychological Services, where I worked with undergraduate and graduate students dealing with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, body image concerns, disordered eating, and substance use concerns. I work primarily from a multicultural feminist, relational therapy orientation, but frequently integrate skills from other therapy approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

 

My hope is that through the therapeutic process you will be empowered to live each day with a deep sense of compassion for yourself and others and with the strength to resist whatever forces might be working to prevent you from being your truest, most powerful self.