As an advocate of social justice, I stand together with those who support safe and legal abortion services. For all people with the ability to be pregnant, please know that I am doing what I can to promote self determination. As a trauma therapist, I often work with those who suffer sex assault, unwanted and/or medically compromised pregnancies. I also work with happily pregnant people, who seek counseling services. This is safe space for all to seek comfort, regardless of your stand.
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!
Do you prescribe medication?
While I do not prescribe medication, I work with Brightside Health, an online provider, where you can be matched with a medical professional who can. I also provide counseling through Brightside, and encourage any potential clients to check out the services offered through Brightside.com. If you would like to work with me through Brightside, please contact Support, and request me!
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, and our Golden Retriever, Winston. 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.
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. While I do have a set calendar, I am also flexible, and will see clients as late as 8:00 PM central time, if needed. You'll find that i am pretty laid back and accessible, the embodiment of what I aspire toward for your sessions atmosphere, comfort. The relationship between a client and counselor is unique, and while it is formal, it is also deeply personal. It won't always be easy confronting your stuff, but I'll be right here with you.
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.