Natalie Cargill, MA, AMFT
Loyala Marymount University
California Institute of Integral Studies
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist Intern, excited to bring to BACA my passion for working with children, adolescents and families.
After working for over 20 years as an artist and educator, the struggles of many students, which went beyond my role and capacities as their teacher, inspired me to expand my training and skills to become a therapist. A longtime student of human development, both as a teacher and parent, I'm strongly engaged in helping children and young people thrive in their own, unique ways. I have deep empathy for the challenges faced by families, and am convinced that when children are struggling, engaging the whole family provides the best outcomes. I'm committed to working towards the goal of making quality mental health care available to all, as well as seeing it as a normal part of health care.
As a clinical Trainee I conducted Art Therapy with severely traumatized teens at Starview's Residential Treatment program in Torrance, where my exposure to the traumatic histories of these clients developed my interest in researching best practices in working therapeutically with cases of cumulative trauma and PTSD. This was followed by a year working at a community-based mental health clinic, where I trained in and practiced Family Therapy as well as Individual psychotherapy with a highly diverse population of teens, families and young adults. After receiving my MA from Loyola Marymount University I practiced psychotherapy with Michelle Harwell Therapy in the Los Angeles area, again working with a highly diverse population of families and individuals. I'm indebted to the many wise therapists who've provided invaluable instruction and guidance on my own journey to becoming a therapist, as well as to the clients seeking change, who have taken the courageous step of engaging in therapy.
My primary approach to therapy with both individuals and families of all ages is through psychodynamic relational models, seeking with clients an understanding of their attachment patterns, relationships, and the systems that impact them. Additionally, I use the modality of visual art and image-making with clients as a way to support their access to, expression, reflection, and processing of thoughts and emotions. My training also includes Trauma-Focused CBT, Structural Family Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Neuro-relational Functioning. My experience in education helps to inform my understanding of the academic and social situations and challenges faced by many of my young clients.
Outside of work I take great pleasure in cooking, making art, hiking, biking, and travel, especially in the company of friends and family