Natalie Kretsch, PhD
Natalie Kretsch, PhD
As a therapist, I use a holistic, person-centered, integrative, collaborative approach to help individuals face challenges, recognize their unique strengths, and meet their goals. I prioritize building a relationship with each client based on trust and safety. I honor and validate my clients’ lived experiences and encourage my clients to approach pain with curiosity and compassion, empowering them to find pathways to wellness as they define it. I draw heavily on strategies and principles from self compassion, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, motivational interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Areas of interest and expertise:
Anxiety and mood disorders
Eating, weight, and body image concerns
Substance use and addictive behaviors
Multiculturalism, social justice, and diversity commitment:
I have been fortunate to have trained and worked in organizations that share my commitment to multiculturalism, equity, and social justice. I bring to each therapeutic encounter awareness of my various group memberships of both privilege and oppression and how these may interact and intersect with the complex identities of clients. I continue to educate myself about meeting the unique needs of racially and ethnically marginalized communities, particularly at the intersection of other marginalized identities such as gender identity, religion, sexuality, social class, and immigrant status. I am sensitive to negative experiences that some clients may have had with medical or mental health treatment systems in the past, as well as cultural attitudes toward help-seeking, mental health, and mental illness, that may impact a client’s experience in therapy.
Originally from the Boston area, I received my B.A. in English from Brown University. I will never forget when an English professor commented that I seemed to be diagnosing fictional characters and I might want to consider working with real people! I took time off from college to volunteer in Peru, backpack through Spain, and volunteer at an advocacy center for domestic violence survivors. After college I conducted research on substance abuse treatment at Boston Medical Center before moving to Austin to start graduate school. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. My research in graduate school broadly focused on genetic and environmental underpinnings of psychopathology during adolescence and young adulthood. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Texas A&M University Student Counseling Service and my post-doctoral residency at the University of Miami Counseling Center, where I worked as a staff psychologist for 3 years. In addition to my work in three college counseling centers, I have conducted treatment, assessment, supervision, and research in medical, residential, academic, and forensic settings. In my free time I love cheering for Boston sports teams, playing with my chihuahua, watching Friends reruns, reading, running, and practicing yoga.