Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients
Offers remote video sessions.
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 Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating.
Natalie welcomes adolescents and adults of all ages and genders, many of whom have found eating to be a recurring challenge. Natalie has deep expertise in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and orthorexia. She also works with clients navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, and life transitions, including the transition to college and midlife transitions.
Natalie particularly enjoys working with athletes, incorporating exercise into eating recovery and reestablishing a healthy relationship with one’s sport. She also helps parents better understand the inner experience of a child with an eating disorder in order to strengthen patterns of communication and foster supportive relationships.
Natalie utilizes a skills-based and Gestalt approach, helping clients build positive coping skills and tap into deep emotions and vulnerabilities to create lasting change. She provides highly tailored, coordinated care that acknowledges the uniqueness of each client’s eating experience and allows them to reconnect to their inner self. Natalie’s goal is for her clients to feel deeply cared for and no longer alone in their challenges, and for her office to be a safe haven for clients to begin to heal.
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
Natalie is not in-network with any insurances.
- Intake: $175-$200/session
- Ongoing sessions: $175-$200/session
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