Hi! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Natalie Kember (she/her) a licensed therapist and social worker based in Michigan. I work with those who are healing from difficult and damaging religious environments. They may have experienced spiritual/religious abuse, experienced trauma responses, have difficult relationships to untangle or just need a place to process what is next for them as they move forward in a new space.
I walk with you through the process of healing and teach you ways to be more in tune to your body and emotions. Our bodies and emotions are always trying to tell us things and when we have experienced abuse and traumatic situations we can become disconnected from them or even mistrust what they are saying to us. I will help you begin to trust yourself and honor your emotional responses to your experiences. I will also teach you skills to address anxious symptoms you may be experiencing so you can begin to live each day with less of a cloud hanging over your head.
Sometimes it is helpful to know about the educational background of someone you will work with in therapy. I have a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan and have been working in the field for a decade. I have worked in a variety of settings, which have helped me to expand my perspective on the healing process. I have worked in substance abuse treatment, school social work, home-based mental health counseling for teen clients, emergency room mental health care, and several years in private practice setting seeing teen and adult clients. Throughout my education and work experience I have also received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Suicide Intervention, Attachment Theory, and multiple Trauma trainings including cognitive and psycho-somatic interventions.
In my time away from the office I enjoy spend time with my family, enjoying Michigan’s beautiful beaches or reading a good book.
My Areas of focus:
- Complex Religious Trauma
- Spiritual/Religious Abuse Recovery
- Anxiety Disorders
- Boundary setting in relationships