Natalie Van Dusen, Psy.D.

Natalie Van Dusen, Psy.D.Natalie Van Dusen, Psy.D.

Natalie Van Dusen has been with GMH since 2011. She works with adults and young adults using an approach that is personal, collaborative, and relational. Dr. Van Dusen worked with undergraduate and graduate students for over 5 years in University Counseling Centers, and has a special interest in working with young adults in this stage of life. She is also trained on the integration of faith and psychology, and loves working with clients who are interested in their spiritual identity. Dr. Van Dusen particularly enjoys working with individuals who are going through significant life adjustments, and individuals who experience longstanding difficulties in relationships with others. Dr. Van Dusen also specializes in psychological assessments for individuals interested in clarifying questions related to personality, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and generally achieving a clear diagnosis.

Another area of interest for Dr. Van Dusen is working with couples. She uses the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) approach and Gottman Method Therapy to help clients identify and change destructive patterns in their relationships. This approach improves communication and fosters secure attachment bonds between couples.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Van Dusen’s therapy orientation is rooted in contemporary psychodynamic and attachment theories. This orientation is relational in nature and focuses on understanding the origins of problems, and enabling lasting change within the context of deep connection with others. Dr. Van Dusen integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques into her work, which helps clients identify and change the thoughts and behaviors that maintain their problems, and leads to relief of symptoms. She also utilizes dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) techniques to help clients learn effective coping skills for managing difficult emotions and experiences.

Dr. Van Dusen believes that within the context of a strong therapeutic relationship, significant healing and change are possible. She has found that depth-oriented work often leads to the most profound and lasting change. At times, this depth may not be necessary or desirable to clients, and a short-term symptom-focused approach is best suited for producing change on a functional level. Dr. Van Dusen is committed to working collaboratively with you to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Regardless of the specific plan, she will provide a safe, supportive environment, and strive to ensure that you are understood.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychological Association
  • North Carolina Psychological Association
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies
Education / Training/Licensure
  • Psy.D., Rosemead School of Psychology
  • M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology
  • Internship and Post-doctoral training at Creighton University, Center for Health and Counseling
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of North Carolina. License Number: 4263

Services Offered:

Specialties:

  • Mood Disorders (Depression, Postpartum Depression, Bipolar Disorder, etc.)
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Relationship Problems

Confidential Voicemail:

(919) 406-6083

 

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