About Natalie Cargill
No matter the age or stage of life, I believe that being able to genuinely connect with clients in an empathic and non-judgmental manner allows a relationship to form that contributes to healing. I strive to bring a calm, gentle presence, helping to build a feeling of safety and trust, and also value humor, which can offer perspective on life’s challenges.
My therapeutic point of view is through a relational psychoanalytic lens, and integrates attachment theory and somatic awareness. I’m also trained in Family Therapy and am very systems-focused. I believe strongly in the healing power of creative expression, and as an Art Therapist frequently integrate visual expression into therapeutic work. I particularly enjoy working with people who are dealing with traumatic experiences, those struggling with sociocultural identity, and people seeking greater emotional connection to themselves and others. I’m passionate about helping families of all ages thrive, and am committed to supporting clients in developing greater agency in their lives.
Education and Experience
I hold a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and Art Therapy, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.
While new to the Fremont Counseling Services team, I’ve been providing therapy for the past five years in other settings including clinics, private practice, and residential treatment settings. I have 18 years of experience as an educator, in both kindergarten and middle-high school, and have worked extensively with parents and families.
I have advanced training in:
Strategic Family Therapy and Milan Group
Family Art Assessment
Special Areas of Interest include:
Trauma and grief
Anxiety and depression
Children, adolescents and families
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Neuro-Relational Functioning, and Sand Tray therapy
When not working, I love to make and engage in art in many forms, and to spend time outdoors biking, paddling, hiking and gardening. I take great joy in sharing time with friends and family, including my two adult children who continue to challenge me to keep developing!