My name is Natalie.

But you can call me Coach.

My Practice

I am an expert in mental health for athletes. My practice specializes in athletes’ mental health and wellness at all levels, helping this unique group maximize success both on and off the field. I believe that athletes face challenges in life that differ from the norm. I also believe the stigma surrounding mental health is often much more difficult for the athletic community.

Through licensed therapy, counseling, and education, I help athletes, coaches, and family learn to recognize and address the issues that interfere with a happy, healthy life. I do this with a safe, non-judgmental, confidential, compassionate approach that recognizes the competitive, visible, challenging, and emotional world in which athletes live

I specialize in anxiety, depression, athletic stress, PTSD, substance abuse, relationship issues, life adjustments, and anger management. I offer counseling both in my office and online through secure video conferencing. My background and education have left me uniquely qualified to provide support for you and the challenges you face, both on and off the field.

My Background

I hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University. I was also a visiting student at the University of Maryland where I studied abroad in London, England, in the Sport, Commerce, and Culture in the Global Marketplace Program. In addition, I have completed an Addictions Studies Program at City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King College.

I have worked in social service agencies for many years.  I have worked extensively with Illinois School Districts in the role of a school social worker. I now consult with schools, social service agencies and organizations as a part of my practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified School Social Worker, and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

I am an active member of the Sports Social Workers Association, as well as being a national member of the University of Michigan’s Social Worker and Sports Association. I am proudly affiliated with the Student-Athletes Human Rights Project.

I enjoy speaking  throughout the United States on topics relating to mental health and sports. I have been a guest on several radio shows discussing various issues within sports. Most recently, I was interviewed by the magazine Social Work Today for their 2014 July/August article Youth Athletes off the Field.



My Philosophy

I am here to help you live a happy healthy life, both on the field and off. I am not here to judge you or embarrass you. Your emotions are very real and I will give you the opportunity to discuss them and work on them in a safe, confidential environment. What you discuss with Natalie stays with Natalie.

Therapy is not always a pleasant process. Discovering and discussing the issues that are holding you back can be painful at times. I am not here as a “cheerleader”, I am here as a “coach”. You know as an athlete, that “conditioning” is painful, but worth the effort. It is no different with your mental and emotional health. I will give you tools, teach you to use them, and help you practice. I am here to help you with life, so you can get your mind back in the game.