About Natalie

About Natalie

I am Natalie Gutierrez, a trauma-informed Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of New York and New Jersey. I have earned my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and am a graduate of the certificate program in trauma studies at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. I specialize working with adults who have Complex Posttraumatic Stress (also known as Complex trauma)- which include survivors of childhood sexual abuse, racial trauma, and/or sexual trauma in adulthood and are dealing with issues related to post traumatic stress, traumatic attachment, grief, intergenerational/ancestral trauma, depression, anxiety, shame, guilt, and anger. I work from a humanistic, peer to peer perspective with an understanding of interpersonal psychoanalysis, polyvagal theory, Forward Facing Trauma Therapy, trained in EMDR (Eye- Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and am Level 1 trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS). I am also DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) informed.

It’s important to me to build strong rapport with my clients and ensure I can provide a safe and nurturing container for their most vulnerable parts.  I consider my style of practice a gentle balance of directive and non-directive approaches pending what fits best for our work. I work with individuals to develop a greater understanding of how inner wounding of the past or unresolved family of origin issues and family dynamics may be influencing struggles of the present in all relationships, including relationship with Self. I also have found great purpose and importance in exploring social constructs affecting communities of color. As a Latinx cis woman, I have witnessed firsthand the intergenerational trauma and internalized racism/sexism/heteronormative beliefs that inflict our own communities so I seek to help eradicate these issues and I explore them in our work where fit.

As your therapist, I can provide you with a safe space to discover in your journey of healing and get to know your inner world and system.

I seek to embark on the journey of exploration and healing with you if you are willing to delve into the depths of your spirit to be re-acquainted with your most vulnerable parts. We will explore all your parts together-at your own pace. In our work together, we will look at the parts of you that are protective of you and honor all they’ve done for you, and eventually–maybe unburden some exiled parts of you (the parts you hide and are afraid to see within yourself). This work can feel really scary; I know because I’ve done, and continue to do my own healing work. I will meet you where you are and we will collaborate on your healing that feels most right for you. It can be really hard to trust yourself when you’ve been hurt so many times in the past, or have been blamed, shamed, and made to feel guilty for being who you are.

I am also available for speaking engagements, consultation work, and group counseling if you’re an organization looking to have a trauma-informed clinician to facilitate a healing circle.

Mindful Journeys MFT is conveniently located in Manhattan and Teaneck, NJ and provides individual therapy,  sexual abuse counseling, to encourage your mindful journey of healing and becoming.

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