Your family and relationships are important. Your healing is important. Even if you think your loved ones won’t come to therapy, you’re not alone. It is my honor to serve you and your loved ones on your journey toward healthier connection, communication, and a new way of being!
My name is Natalie Foster, and I am the Marriage & Family Art Therapist at Integrative Art Therapy.
My specialty is working with children, adolescents, parents, couples, and families. If you have a family, are in a family, or long for a family…I can help! I am passionate about assisting you and/or your family members to understand emotions and emotional blockages as well as navigating any life challenges along the way.
You CAN learn to regulate your stress and emotions! You CAN re-invigorate yourself and your life in order to move forward… regardless of family dynamics and/or behavioral issues. I love helping families to empower parents, their children, siblings, couples, and other individuals, regardless of age, to have healthy and happy relationships. I also love the benefits of working with children and teens to maximize early learning potential and guide the direction of each toward more fulfilling lives.
I work with a blend of family systems therapy, Gestalt, solutions-focused and narrative therapy approach with the creative process. I have recently received specialized training in working with children who suffer from anxiety, and have been trained in a gentle psycho-spiritual therapy called Advanced Integrative Therapy to address trauma and other related issues. I love using visualization and grounding tools in my work, and of course the art! Like Lanie, much of my work has also been guided by the principles of mindful living (Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz), as well as principles of advanced forgiveness (Marianne Williamson, A Course in Miracles).
My mission is to help others uncover themselves and their innate potential. We all have what it takes to understand each other and become a better version of ourselves! Originally from San Diego, I earned my Master’s level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in the city of Los Angeles. I decided to come to Arizona in 2014 to live with my partner of ten years. After working for a year in community mental health, Lanie invited me to join her in her practice. I couldn’t have been more excited to say yes! I am passionate about using my eclectic blend of therapies including clinical Art Therapy to help with healing our communities, one person at a time.
Under the guidance of Lanie, I will continue to work toward my Art Therapy Registration (ATR). I am also pursuing my independent-level MFT license through alternate supervision under Michaela Decker, LMFT. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, including a San Diego Veteran’s rehabilitation and family program, a Los Angeles high school for pregnant and parenting teens, and a community outpatient clinic here in Arizona. I try to volunteer my time whenever I can, most recently in Mexico to conduct Art Therapy groups for women in Spanish.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, practicing yoga, weight lifting, hiking, and camping. I love to paint and draw, study Spanish, and am currently working on a fictional book. I also enjoy healthy eating and experimental cooking, and other wellness practices, such as meditation and mindfulness.