Natalie Willis, M.A.
I am a Professional Clinical Counseling Intern (PCCI 760) , working at the San Francisco Stress and Anxiety Center under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Horowitz. I am a masters-level clinician who graduated in 2013 from the University of New Mexico with a Masters in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health counseling). As a counselor, I believe in empowering my clients, approaching each client from a wellness perspective, and viewing each client as an individual. I help my clients to assess which areas of their lives might be interfering with them leading a more fulfilling life and then work to assist them in resolving those issues. My clients might be struggling with challenging relationships, work issues, physical health, life transitions, stress, sexuality, anxiety, panic, and depression. I really enjoy helping clients to assess what their values are and how we can work towards achieving a more value-filled life.
Generally, I work using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I appreciate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy because it is an evidence-based approach that is effective, easy to integrate into a client’s life, and empowers the client to be able to identify and resolve problems more autonomously in the future. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an approach that I really like because it also integrates mindfulness into the therapy which I believe can be a valuable tool for anyone.
Regardless of the approach, the most important part of therapy to me is the relationship between myself and my client. I try to meet the client where they are, and to create space in which someone can feel at ease and supported. In addition, as a new clinician, I work hard to make sure that I am consulting for supervision when necessary for ethical or professional issues. Depending on the client’s goals and issues, my approach can range from short-term, solution-focused, to a more in-depth approach. The goals and path of the therapeutic process will always be a collaborative effort between myself and my client. I hope to help my clients find whatever path is going to lead to the most fulfilling life for them and then find the confidence to achieve that life, in essence becoming the person they are meant to be.
When I am not working, I love to spend time outdoors – hiking, running, taking my dog to the beach, or just enjoying a nice meal.