Supervised by MIchelle Ruprecht, LICSW, DBTC
A Little Bit About Natasha...
I am a Mental Health Counselor and Certified Life Coach, who enjoys helping others reach their full potential. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, moved to Massachusetts for graduate school, and there is nowhere else I'd rather be. I love discovering the world through travel, having been to numerous countries, which include volunteering in Armenia, studying abroad in Italy, and sky-diving over the Swiss alps! I have an adventurous spirit and am a true optimist at heart. I am newly married, transitioning into the role and new home with the loving support of our bengal kitten, Luigi. I speak Armenian and am currently immersed in an Italian language course. Cultures and languages fascinate me and I also enjoy antiques, concerts and musicals, photography, reading, running, writing and I love the beauty of therapy. I challenge myself daily, have a deep appreciation for relationships, old and new, the ongoing journey of self-discovery and the possibility in every given day.
WHY DID YOU BECOME A THERAPIST?
I completed a master's degree in Education and immensely enjoyed working with children on the autism spectrum. Through my one-to-one experiences, I became increasingly more interested in learning the complexities of human behavior and functioning. Furthermore, the therapeutic support I received throughout my own life fostered the understanding of how powerful and profound therapy can be.
M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University
Graduate Certificate in Trauma Studies
M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities from Lesley University
Certified Life Coach from World Coach Institute
DBT Training through Behavioral Tech
RELEVANT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE:
Child and Family Therapist at Arbour Counseling Services (Allston, MA)
Clinical Mental Health Counselor at DCS Mental Health Inc. (Medford, MA)
Crisis Clinician at Boston Emergency Services Team (Boston, MA)
Clinical Intern at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (Cambridge, MA)
Mental Health Specialist at McLean Hospital (Belmont, MA)
Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy
Armenian American Mental Health Association
RANDOM FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:
I love listening to oldies music and watching films from the 40's, 50's and 60's.
I took guitar and piano lessons for several years.
I collect magnets and mugs from places I travel.
I just recently discovered a love for baking and cooking.
Growing up, I wanted to become an astronaut.
My sun, moon and rising sign are all in Sagittarius!
Continuing to grow as a Mental Health Counselor.
Finding balance and gratitude in my day to day.
Best Reason to be Happy:
Every day I am helping others is a good day.
Best Legal Route to Joy:
Self-help books, spirituality, positive relationships, creative pursuits, breathing, laughing and swimming in the ocean.
Believing in the goodness of others whole-heartedly.
Becoming a therapist!
Have courage and be kind.
Best Under-Appreciated Skill:
Being proactive when pursuing what I want for myself and my life.