Now offering 45 minute text sessions! See rates below.

Natalie Hartney, Licensed Professional Counselor, BC-TMH

The Optimistic Therapist

What IS counseling?

Therapy, or counseling is the art and science of active listening.  You will have a safe and confidential space to talk, and process your experiences. While counselors are experts at validating your unique world experience, you are the expert when it comes to those unique experiences. I am here to help you make sense of it all, and encourage you to grow through better understanding. We will talk, and I will help you reframe some of your ideas. You will be in a space where you can share things that maybe you never have before. I also recognize that counseling isn't cheap. Because of this, I may offer you work to do between sessions, or offer you resources that you can use on your own to support your in session work. These are lessons that stay with you for life. A worthwhile investment, indeed1

I'm a little nervous.

I know, confronting our junk can be a scary thing. Many of us stash bad memories, failed relationship pain, and grief in a little box and just try to forget about it. This is what we know: that never works when trying to manage symptoms, no matter how strong, resilient, or tough we are. 

Therapy provides a safe judgement free space, with regulated confidentiality, where you can speak your secrets.

Therapy - the way I do it - tends to balance funny with serious, giving you alternative ways of living your life, refreshing your viewpoint, and helping you learn to use tools that ease symptoms when they arise. 

Lives have transformed out of darkness into light through therapy, and that makes me very optimistic for you!


About Me...

...The Pup

Hi! I am Natalie, and it is true, I am an optimist. After following my own path of healing and making change, I am a firm believer that if you are ready to work through therapy, the therapy will work for you. Sure, there will be hard bits, but I'll be right there with you, guiding you through. Many issues are resolved in 8 to 16 weeks, and I also offer ongoing support.

I live on a modern farm homestead in Northwest Indiana with my husband, Jeff, pup, Winston, and wisest of us all, our cat, Fifi. I am the mom to two amazing young adults, one of whom is studying interior design and the other, who works in business innovation. Winston is a happy dog with absolutely no care at all for boundaries. His little Golden Retriever nose will likely appear mid session, and he is always available to remind us of joy. Fifi acts like he's sleeping, but I think he's actually meditating on the wisdom of the ages.


For the safety of my clients and my home, all sessions are online through the foreseeable future. The hours are pretty loose, so let me know what you need and I'll do my best to make it work. I have a set calendar, but I am also flexible, and will see clients as late as 7:00 PM central time. You'll find me in jeans and a tee or big ol' sweater on most days, the embodiment of what I aspire toward for your sessions atmosphere, comfort. It won't always be easy confronting your stuff, but I'll be right here with you, in a space that we share together.

My clients are the bravest people I know, and watching you work and grow is an honor. love being a therapist. I have a Master's Degree in psychological counseling from Adler University, I am nationally board certified, and credentialed in distance counseling. As an LGBTQ mom and ally, I welcome clients of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, and cultures. 

...and The Cat


Illinois LCPC 180.011108

Michigan LPC 6401014196

Indiana LMHC 39003735A

NCC National Board Certification

BC-TMH Board Certified Tele-Mental Health

Offering online and by phone sessions across three states.


Things to Know

Initial Consultation is free. This is not a therapy session, but rather a chance for us to meet, and for you to see the set-up. There is no obligation to receive services.

I do not accept insurance. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask if they offer reimbursements for "Out Of Network Services". If they do, they will reimburse you for a portion of your therapy costs. I will provide you with all the information you will need to send them. Many insurance companies are offering same coverage as for in network services.

Pay as you go hour $120 

Four Session Package $420  One month of services 

Eight Session Package $780  Two months of service

Couple or Family $180

Synchronous Text Sessions

Pay as you go 45 minutes $90  

Eight Sessions Prepaid $648

Just Added: 30 minutes $60



Providing Affordable Access to Mental Wellness


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