Natalie Monaghan, LICSW

Natalie Monaghan
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW


Accepting new clients (updated March 2, 2017)

Natalie has unbeleivably powerful words and skills that have a way of healing your pain and tough times... After every session with Natalie I walked out the door feeling a sense of comfort... Natalie is my rock and for that I am forever grateful...

- University of New England nursing student '17, athletic, perfectionist (2016)

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    About Natalie

  • Deep specialization and passion for supporting clients with eating disorders; 85% of Natalie's clientele see her for eating disorders
  • Additional expertise in parenting, relationships, anxiety, depression, and self harm
  • Offers a combination of Gestalt Therapy, CBT, DBT, and IFS work
  • Runs group therapy sessions and an intensive outpatient program for eating disorder clients
  • Helps clients learn to be vulnerable and connect with their emotions
  • Cofounder and Clinical Director of Be Collaborative Care

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Natalie Monaghan is a therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and the challenges of adjusting to college. She received her MSW from Rutgers University and her BA from Boston College.

Natalie provides deep emotional care and support to young adults and their parents. Through a combination of Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems work, she helps clients restructure thoughts and address interpersonal relationships, while also learning how to be vulnerable and connect with their emotions.

Natalie is passionate about helping young adults and their parents navigate life struggles through a safe, comfortable relationship and environment. She is currently in the process of opening a center for holistic care and authentic being that particularly caters to the needs of eating disorder clients (expected opening date: spring 2016). 

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

" So many people feel alone in their struggles, as well as disconnected from friends, family, and self. Seeking support is a brave step that signifies the desire for change, fulfillment and/or connection. Building a relationship with a therapist who is a good match for you and experiencing good therapy will be life changing. It is so important to find a therapist that you respect and connect well with, someone who can bring care and comfort to your most vulnerable parts. "

Message to clients with an eating disorder: " Struggling with an eating disorder can be such a lonely and isolating experience. Feelings are often internalized and it feels foreign or too scary to externalize them in a state of pure vulnerability. The eating disorder behaviors are "helpful" to numb self and distract from the current emotions and/or present stressors in your life. Although CBT and DBT skills can be helpful tools to help restructure distorted thinking, regulate emotions and improve distress, I find that it does not shift behaviors. This result leaves people feeling hopeless and frustrated. I feel passionate that the work I do with my clients not only improves symptoms, but is also transformative in the way they relate to family, friends and self. "

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2008 - Present
Keansburg Board of Education, Elementary School Social Worker, 2005 - 2007
Summit Center for Learning of Springfield, Social Skills Group Facilitator, 2005 - 2007
South Orange Middle School, School Social Work Intern, 2004 - 2005
Mountainside Hospital, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit/Emergency Department, Crisis Intervention & Psychiatric Social Work Intern/per diem employe, 2003 - 2006
Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Research Assistant, 2002 - 2003

Rutgers, the State University of NJ School of Social Work, MSW, 2005
Boston College, BA, Human Development / Child in Society, 2002

specialties

SPECIALTIES

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias; undesired eating habits, smoking, and drug use related to anxiety
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) – Feeling preoccupied with parts of your body to the point where the preoccupation interferes with your life
Compulsive behavior – Including compulsive overeating, nail biting, picking, compulsive spending, hair pulling
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Family issues – Navigating/ coping with mental illness within a family, parenting stressors, wedding planning stressors, among other family-related challenges
Life transitions, existential issues, and challenges – Includes adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction
Parenting – Supporting children who are struggling with anxiety, depression, college adjustment, and eating disorders, while also caring for yourself
Relationship issues – Navigating challenging friendships and relationships with family members and parents
Self-harm – Injuring of body tissue, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting  

clientele

CLIENTELE

Teenagers (13 - 18 years old)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24  years old)
Adults
Family
Parents
Seniors (65+ years old) 

Languages

LANGUAGES

English

 

TRANSPORTATION

From Brown University
12min walk3min bike

From RISD
12min walk4min bike

From Johnson & Wales
18min walk8min bike12min bus

 


I first started going to Natalie because of an eating disorder (binging, purging, dietary supplements and using laxatives). Through our sessions I learned about the amounts of anxiety and stress I put on my plate.

Natalie has unbelievably powerful words and skills that have a way of healing your pain and tough times. I am a 20 year old college student that was worried, nervous, scared, unsure and has every different mixed emotion about going to therapy. My first experience with Natalie was unbelievable. I walked into her warm room with cozy couches and immediately felt a sense of comfort. All of my mixed emotions were suddenly alleviated. As our sessions progressed and we began to build a relationship, I recognized things beginning to change in my life. She helped me realize the underlying reasons why I binged and purged. Natalie looks and recognizes emotions. Together we began to work and figure out what I was feeling inside that gave me the urge to binge and purge. She allowed me to recognize what I was feeling and to “sit in it”.

At first it sounded silly to me to “sit in” my emotions. I thought “who would want to be crying and upset for an ENTIRE 45 minute session?” Now I can luckily answer that question, and I would. The feeling of allowing someone to see you at your lowest point in life and to sit there and support you while you pour your emotions out to them is like no other. It is indescribable.

After every session with Natalie I walked out the door feeling a sense of comfort, lightness in my shoulders, openness in my chest and a feeling that there was a reason I meet her. NATALIE was the reason I was going to get my life back. And I did. I have been clean from binging and purging for over 7 months and it feels like years. As I sit down and try to write a message so you can get a sense of who Natalie is, I realize that it is almost utterly impossible. She is not a person who can be described on paper or even in words. Although Natalie and I only have one session a week (45 minutes), it amazes me how the work we do and the words she speaks to me can impact my life in such a major way. Natalie carries me through the every day, hour and second struggle that comes with an eating disorder and anxiety. Natalie is my rock and for that I am forever grateful.
— University of New England nursing student '17, athletic, perfectionist (2016)


[What did you see this therapist for?] I was going to college after leaving a day program for eating disorders.

[Why would you recommend this therapist?] One of the things I appreciate about Natalie is that she is focused on fixing the underlying issues of the eating disorder but also attended to day-to-day changes that could be made, both in my eating disorder recovery and in managing my schoolwork and other stresses. I like that being in session with her is more like having a conversation than it is like lying on a psychotherapist’s couch.
— Brown University Student '17, New York City (2016)
I see Natalie for an eating disorder that I’ve been in recovery for, for about six years. I see her on a bi-weekly basis, through our one-on-one appointments and therapy group sessions. I’m currently applying to college and that has been an extremely stressful process, as well as living on my own, managing a full time job for a nonprofit as a teacher in an urban middle school. Balancing the fiscal difficulties of grocery shopping on my own, the challenges of my very demanding service job, and making college plans for next year has been very difficult.

Natalie is exceptional at connection and feedback. She is incredibly receptive when she listens, and this is made clear through her thoughtful responses, her inclination to find the source of the issue, and her rhetoric to addressing it with care and compassion. She has given me guidance and validation to help me navigate a very difficult, isolating period of my life, and working with her makes me feel committed and driven in my recovery because she lets me set my own goals through her very unique approach called, “Be.” Dr. Monaghan’s rapport has become very meaningful to me over the past few moths I’ve been able to work with her, because she’s helped keep me grounded in my thoughts and feelings about my self worth in a way that is upfront and authentic. If I bring something into the session that I would like to work on, she knows exactly how to be the most effective in understanding it, and even gives me things to grow on when I leave that space. If I come in feeling lost or inarticulate, she still is remarkably inclined to find the root emotion of the experience or episode, more so than I’ve felt like many people are or care to be. Natalie’s office is a place where I feel safe, it is a place where I have made strides in my recovery in a considerably short period of time, and the hours I’ve spent there have been some of the most proactive, and worthwhile I’ve spent in the entire span of my recovery.
— 19 years old, female, student, writer, AmeriCorps teacher at an urban middle school in Providence, RI (2016)
My 14 year old daughter is suffering from an eating disorder. Although she is not yet ready to accept therapy herself, I am seeing Natalie weekly to help me work with my daughter and navigate this uncharted territory. Additionally, Natalie and I have been working through grief and anxiety that I carry. My husband died suddenly two years ago and I am navigating that loneliness and the struggles of single parenting, sole owner/operator of a small business and lone head of the household.

Natalie is an expert on eating disorders. But her expertise traverses seamlessly to address other issues – covering the whole being. She is open, trusting and easy to talk to. She creates a safe, comfortable environment, easing and supporting, yet guiding the path into difficult emotional territory. I feel I can trust her and that she exists without judgement. She asks hard questions, but helps and supports you as you search for answers. Additionally, she has given me resources outside of our sessions that she thinks would be helpful or that I may enjoy (books, YouTube videos, etc.). I consider her my friend.
— 47 year old single mother, small business owner, outdoor enthusiast (2016)