Natasha is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NC LMFT #1699), meaning she is independently licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in the state of North Carolina. Natasha specializes in individual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. In therapy sessions, Natasha works collaboratively with clients and families toward their personal goals, while providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for self exploration. Natasha will work with you individually, with your partner/spouse, or with the entire family. Family therapy is often the most effective and quickest way to enhance emotional support, increase positive interaction patterns, and improve overall success and functioning.
Natasha follows a family systems and solution focused approach to treatment. This means that whether she is working with an individual, a couple, or the entire family, she will address the way your family’s patterns of communication and behavior influence each individual involved in the family system. Natasha draws on several therapeutic techniques dependent upon each client’s individual need and presenting problem.
With children, Natasha commonly utilizes family therapy techniques focusing on restructuring, parenting/co-parenting support (including PCIT and standard Triple P) and play therapies to explore the child’s internal world. With adolescents, adults, and couples, Natasha utilizes client-centered, solution focused, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. When appropriate, Natasha utilizes trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT) to assist children ages 3-17 in healing from traumatic experiences including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and others. Natasha believes that past experiences can create internal conflicts and emotional injuries that affect current relationships and self image. Therapy can help address the way we perceive these past experiences so that we can move forward and give more fully to our relationships.
Natasha received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in California, and her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach. Natasha has experience working in community mental health in both California and North Carolina for nearly a decade. Her past experience includes office, school, and community-based therapy with children and families as well as intensive in-home services to families with children who are at risk of out of home placement. Natasha has years of experience working with children in foster care and/or going through the reunification or adoption process.
Natasha is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Clinical Fellow, Natasha is required to have met rigorous standards of training and ethics in the field of marriage and family therapy and is recognized worldwide for meeting these high standards of the profession.
Natasha resides in Raleigh with her husband, her daughter, and her two pups. She enjoy exercise (especially yoga and walking around her neighborhood), traveling, and being with her family.
Caroline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which allows her to practice therapy independently in the state of North Carolina. Caroline has always had a passion for helping others and brings a high level of commitment and compassion to the clients and families with whom she works. She has been working in the mental health field for over 14 years and her clinical areas of interest include supporting individuals and families experiencing anxiety, behavioral disorders, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, PTSD, depression, and parent-child relational difficulties.
Caroline’s extensive training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy sparked her interest in working with young children (ages 2.5-7). She has also sought training and clinical supervision in Child Centered Play Therapy, as well as more directive forms of play therapy, for use with young children. Caroline feels strongly that clinical work with children and adolescents involves a high level of parental participation (through family sessions, parent consultations, direct observations of parent/child interactions, etc.). She believes that parental involvement is essential for treatment progress and the maintenance of positive outcomes. In addition to working with children and adolescents, Caroline also enjoys counseling adolescents and adults dealing with adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety issues, and/or familial/parenting conflict. While Caroline often pulls from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework with older children and adults, she utilizes creative and interactive interventions to encourage various mediums of communication, including play, art, sand tray, and physical movement. Within the community, Caroline has relationships with various community agencies, schools, and providers to make referrals, provide case consultation upon request, and to assist in linking families and individuals with appropriate services.
Caroline obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University and was a Park Scholar recipient. Caroline’s advanced degree is a Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is rostered in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and an accredited Level 5 Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Provider. Caroline has two active young girls, who provide her with immense joy while also keeping her on her toes and on top of parenting research and best practices!
Gina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which allows her to practice therapy independently in the state of North Carolina. She has been working in the mental health field for the past 26 years, with the majority of that time spent providing contract counseling services in elementary and middle schools. Gina’s clinical experience has included working with at-risk families, adults and children with anxiety and depression, ADHD, learning differences, and illness. Gina is also a trained Triple P provider to support with parenting stressors, childhood behavioral challenges, and parent-child connection and relationship building.
Gina feels strongly that the foundation of therapy is a warm and collaborative relationship and strives to maintain unconditional positive regard for all clients and families. Her counseling approach matches this and pulls from her 20+ years of clinical work. She primarily utilizes a Cognitive-Behavioral approach and supportive talk therapy techniques, treating both individuals and families. When working with children, Gina uses age appropriate and expressive therapy techniques and also incorporates family work and a systems perspective. Gina’s child/adolescent related specialties and clinical areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, problems with bullying, ADHD, learning disabilities, and/or supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. Gina also enjoys working with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues regarding life changes, relational stress, family issues, and/or occupational stress.
Gina obtained her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She is married with two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and learning to play tennis.
Gina has lived in Raleigh for the past twenty years, and she has been able to to make many positive connections with agencies, resources and other professionals in the area.
Liza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, meaning she is licensed to provide individual, family, and group therapy in the state of North Carolina, while receiving clinical supervision. Liza enjoys working with children, adolescents, families, and individual adults. Liza’s clinical areas of interest include: ADHD, learning differences, anxiety disorders, depression, parent child relational difficulties, and PTSD. Liza believes in a positive parenting approach and particularly enjoys supporting families in developing the communication skills needed to build solid family relationships. She is experienced in using the Strengthening Families Program, an evidenced based model designed to support families in bonding together and fostering healthy relationships.
Using a strengths based approach, Liza desires to assist clients in acknowledging their own capabilities to overcome barriers and to reach their goals. Liza’s approach is non-judgmental and affirming and includes elements of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Liza has completed Level I Gottman Method Training to support with Couples Counseling. Additionally, Liza has specialized training and experience in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, to support youth under age 18 who have experienced trauma, such as abuse, accidents, witnessing domestic violence, separation from a parent, or loss of a loved one.
Liza received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Master of Social Work from North Carolina State University. Before coming to Restoration Family Counseling, Liza provided child and family therapy through an Intensive In Home Program and completed her internship with Duke’s Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Program.
Prior to her training as a clinical social worker, Liza enjoyed working with children and adolescents as a teacher, a coach, a youth leader, and as a community gardener. She draws from these previous experiences to support young people experiencing difficulties in school, especially with ADHD or learning difficulties. Liza is married with two teenage children who have taught her a great deal about communicating with adolescents in their own language.