Natasha PattersonLicensed Professional Counselor

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Availability

In Central Time

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session will be an evaluation session where I will get to know you and I'll tell you about my background. I will ask questions to better understand why you came to therapy. We will discuss the structure of the sessions. I'll ask you to identify the goals you want to achieve while in therapy. You and I will collaborate on making an Action Plan and treatment plan. At the end of the session, I'll provide a summary of the session and elicit feedback from you. The evaluation session helps build a foundation for the next sessions

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

I believe there are several key components to a therapeutic relationship; an emotional/mutual bond of trust, caring, and respect; agreement on the goals of therapy; and collaboration on the "work" or tasks of the treatment.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

It was a long road to becoming a therapist. My journey started in August 1999 when I first saw Dr. Phil on the Oprah Winfrey show. The show was about forgiveness, and at that time, I was working on forgiving my dad because he did not raise my sister and me. While on my forgiveness journey, it sparked an interest in psychology. As years passed, my interest grew. In 2004, I decided to apply to a Southwestern Illinois Community College where I majored in psychology. After a year of attending college, my significant other passed away; we both attended the same community college. I could no longer attend the same school. Three years had passed, and I decided to go back to school, and I would not stop until I graduated. I applied to Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Before graduating, I learned my older sister was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia; this inspired me to go further in school because I wanted to learn everything about schizophrenia to better help, my sister. My family knew little about schizophrenia and believed my sister would return to her “old” self. I had to tell them my sister has a new reality now, and I urged them to educate themselves about schizophrenia. I am very passionate and love what I do, and although I know I can’t help everyone, I will definitely try my best.

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Mood disorders

General Expertise

Relationship Issues

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Borderline Personality Disorder

Social Anxiety

Anger management

Bipolar disorder

Drug addiction & abuse

In-Network Insurance

Sana Benefits

Fees

$120

First Session

$120

Group Therapy

$120

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Group Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Art Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Eclectic Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Person-Centered Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications

CBT, Beck Institute

Licensure

IL, Licensed Professional Counselor, 178016454

Education

Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO

Work History

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Since 2016, I have been working with adult groups comprised of men and women from different backgrounds diagnosed with various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, self-esteem, eating disorders, and substance abuse. I have worked in the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program in a hospital setting. While working in the mental health field throughout the years, I have learned to be compassionate, non-judgmental, and empathize with my clients. I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to let them know they are not alone, and I am with them every step of the way.

Location

1624 Carlyle Ave #528, Belleville, 62221, IL