Hi, I'm Natalie.
And I've been where you are right now...
Feeling overwhelmed by life and sick of making it all look so easy. I know what it's like to realize that as much as you wish you could "do it all yourself," there comes that point in the journey where we realize we need (or want!) help.
I want to tell you something. Help is here, and...
You don't have to go at it alone.
If you're anything like me, you were the kid in class who did the whole group project, the sibling who tried to make everyone get along and the employee who took on extra work even when exhausted and overworked.
It might feel strange to seek support but...
Trust me, you deserve it.
Not because you've worked so hard that you've earned it (though I'm sure you have!) No, because joy is your birthright. And it's your turn to feel supported, nourished and guided toward inner peace and joy.
The answers that you seek are inside of you.
All that's missing is the supportive environment needed to draw on your internal wisdom and strength.
My practice at-a-glance
Bachelor of Arts
University of San Francisco,
Master of Arts
Sofia University, 2013
Natalie Moore, M.A., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
6-Month Somatic Psychology Training Group
The Body Keeps the Score Trauma Conference
Trauma-Focused CBT Training
IFS Day-Long Training with Richard Schwartz, PhD
Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing
Therapist 1:1 Coaching
How it got started:
The practice name symbolizes what I aim to create.
A healing space where people can come to focus on their growth -- whatever that may mean to them. Just like a plant needs sun, water and ample space to grow, humans need the time, space and supportive relationships to thrive.
How do I know what's needed?
I've had spaces of my own to grow
I've been fortunate enough to have my own sacred growth spaces, whether that be in therapists' offices, a meditation studio, a retreat or in nature. I am the person I am today because of supportive mentorship at the right place and time.
This is really just me passing the torch and...
Living the dream one day at a time
When I started my practice in 2015, I had a vision. Not only of helping my clients create their dream lives but also creating and modeling my own dream life. It's still a work-in-progress, but I never regret taking the leap of faith to start this practice.
My practice's guiding values
I believe that all humans have a natural impulse toward and ability for growth. Even if you don't think you "made progress this week"-- you're growing.
I respect that you are on your unique journey. I will honor your wishes even if at times I don't fully understand them. Ultimately you are in charge of you.
You are whole and not broken. Therefore you don't need to be fixed or even pieced together. My role is to help you honor and love all the parts of you.
Your mind, body and spirit are inter-connected, and healing cannot address one without the others. We are also connected to humanity and the planet.
Bringing a non-judgmental awareness to the present moment is at the core of everything I do as a human, a therapist and a business owner.
Everyone is deserving of equal access to healing and respect. This practice is open to all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, ability and SES.
That time I was an unpaid therapist
As far back as I can remember, my friends would ask me for advice. I even seemed to attract the emotionally needy kids as friends.
Without realizing it, I was getting my earliest training as a therapist, practicing empathy, compassion and problem-solving.
That time I kinda followed in my dad's footsteps
My dad is a therapist so most people assume I "followed in his footsteps." Interestingly enough, therapy was a second career for him, and we developed an interest in psychology around the same time.
He was in grad school and I was taking AP psych at my high school. We had some great convos, mostly about the dysfunction within our own family.
That time I left a bad relationship
It's a common refrain. People go into grad school for counseling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to save the world.
In the process of learning about unhealthy relationship dynamics they realize how messed up their own intimate relationship is and break up with their partner. Mine was really bad so I left in a hurry.
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What goes into becoming a licensed therapist?
Are you currently accepting new clients?Yes! I am currently accepting new clients. I have in-person availabilities in Pasadena on Thursdays and Friday afternoons (pre-screening required for Covid safety) and virtual appointments on Thursdays, Fridays and every-other-Monday. Fill out the questionnaire above and schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation to get started.
Do you take insurance? What is the per-session rate?I choose not to take insurance in my practice to ensure that every decision made about psychotherapy treatment (such as length of treatment, frequency and duration of sessions, therapy modalities, etc.) is between my clients and myself, not a third-party payer. The only way to ensure the highest quality of care and best possible outcomes is to take insurance out of the equation. If you have a PPO insurance plan, I'm happy to provide you with a monthly superbill, if applicable. I also accept HSA and FSA plans to cover the cost of therapy. The rate is $275 per 50-minute therapy session. Longer sessions are pro-rated at the usual rate.
Do you work with couples, children, teens and families?Nope, I do not. As much as I love the whole fam, I have found that working with individual adults is my true calling. Please see my referrals list for amazing therapists with these other specialties.
Do you offer in-person therapy? Virtual therapy?Yes and yes! I have in-person availabilities in Pasadena on Thursdays all day and Friday afternoons (pre-screening required for Covid safety) and virtual appointments on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Virtual appointments are only open to clients who will be residing in California for the duration of their therapy. Learn more about in-person therapy in Pasadena. Learn more about online therapy in California.
What do all of those letters mean after a therapist's name?A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who prescribes psychiatric medication A psychologist is a doctorate level clinician who can provide psychological testing and talk therapy A counselor is a general term for licensed clinicians (such as Licensed Mental Health Counselor or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) as well as people who provide other types of counsel (such as a spiritual counselor) A clinical social worker is a clinician who also has an educational background in social justice A therapist is a general term that could describe a number of different types of healing professionals (such as a physical therapist or massage therapist) A psychotherapist is someone who practices talk therapy and often carries the designation of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and helps people with issues in their life related to mental health and difficulties in relationships A life coach can support people in a number of areas of life but isn't licensed by a state board Phew! I am a psychotherapist with an LMFT license.
How long is a therapy session? How often do I need to go?Therapy sessions are generally 50 minutes in length. From time-to-time I will recommend longer sessions (70 or 90 minutes) for trauma-focused work or other reasons. We can discuss this further in our phone consultation. Weekly sessions are highly encouraged for the first 6-8 weeks of therapy. If you are only able to commit to every-other week to start, we can discuss further in the call if you're a good candidate for that frequency of meetings. I cannot provide therapy for a frequency less than every-other-week.
How long does therapy take to work?This is completely dependent on the client's severity of presenting symptoms, goals, strengths, readiness to engage in the process and willingness to make behavioral changes outside the therapy room. Shorter-term therapy that is more focused on resolving a particular stressor or life phase typically ranges from about 12-18 sessions, whereas longer-term therapy that is focused more on developing insight and creating lasting transformational change on a deeper level can last 1-2 years or longer.
What can I expect in a first therapy session?If you have any questions about confidentiality, we will clear those up before getting started to make sure you feel comfortable sharing. We will get very clear on your goals for therapy. This ensures that your therapy is 100% focused on your unique needs and objectives. I will do everything I can to help you feel safe, heard and supported to build your trust in me. You'll share about what's bothering you and I'll ask clarifying questions so that I understand your history, strengths and areas of opportunity. We'll get to work helping you meet your goals! This is completely tailored to you, so it could include increasing awareness, practicing relaxation techniques, reframing thoughts, improving self-compassion or any number of other tools in my toolbox. Lastly, we'll set an intention together for what you'd like to take from our session and put into practice until our next meeting.
Is everything I say in therapy 100% confidential?Almost! There are rare instances in which I may need to break confidentiality such as if you are a serious danger to yourself or someone else, if you report suspected abuse or neglect of children, elders (aged 60+) or vulnerable adults or in certain legal situations. Here is a full list of situations in which I would need to break confidentiality in therapy.
Is virtual therapy as effective is in-person therapy?Yes! Research has consistently shown that online therapy is just as effective for individuals as face-to-face therapy. There are also added benefits such as scheduling convenience, not having to pay for parking and gas, reduced time in traffic and not having to worry about childcare. You can have your therapy session in any location that is both safe and private.
In the press...
I've been featured as a mental health expert in various national publications. Here are some examples:
Huffington Post | How to Comfort a Friend Who Lost a Parent
Cosmopolitan | 6 Taboo Topics You Should Actually Discuss at Work
Women's Health | 55 Fall Date Ideas That Put Dinner and a Movie to Shame
Condé Nast Traveler | Wellness Retreats Are Focusing on a Major Luxury
Redbook | 47 Little Ways to Keep Romance Alive
Everyday Health | Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2023
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Even though this is literally an "about me" page
It's not about me, it's about you
All of this stuff about my qualifications? It's so you know that I have what it takes to help you. All about my values? It's so that you feel we are aligned in how we view the healing process. And my history? So you can see if I can relate to you.
So let go of everything you've learned about me, and
Check in with yourself
A "gut check" can go a long way. Are you feeling a vibe? Are you feeling seen, heard and understood in your struggles and dreams? If so, I encourage you to sit with the emotions that are coming up. You might be feeling hope, excitement and anxiety.
It's normal to have mixed feelings
Once you're ready, take action
Nothing changes unless you do. But you don't need to change your life in a day. All you need to do is take the next right step. If that next right step feels like scheduling your free no-pressure call, you can click the button below. I look forward to hearing from you!