Teenagers (13 - 18 years old)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Binge eating
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Compulsive behavior
- Anxiety disorders
- Family issues
- Life transitions
- Relationship issues
Natalie Monaghan is a therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and the challenges of adjusting to college. She is the Clinical Director of Be Collaborative Care. 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.
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
Be Collaborative Care is not in-network with any insurances.
- Intake: $175-$200/session
- Ongoing sessions: $175-$200/session
- Groups: $75/week
Note: Be Collaborative Care provides customized treatment for patients. To best accomplish this, Be is a private-pay center and does not accept or contract with insurance companies at this time. Upon payment to Be, we will provide receipts that can be submitted directly to your insurance company to receive out-of-network benefits. While reimbursements differ by insurance company, we will work with you to get the most reimbursement possible.
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."
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Contemporary Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognises that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behaviour that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Education and work 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