Natalia Rivera

(LCSW)

About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker licensed in North Carolina and Georgia with over 10 years of experience working as an active duty Army Officer in Military Treatment Facilities and community partners. In my 22 years as an active duty Army Soldier, I have worked with clients of different ages with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, self-harm, conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the U.S. Army my specialty was combat and military sexual trauma-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Combat Operational Stress. I currently provide counseling services for individuals over 18 years of age, but I also provide behavior modification or Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for children under 18 who are diagnosed with a neurological condition.

My counseling style is warm, humorous, and interactive. I am empathetic and nonjudgmental, and I strive to create a therapeutic environment rooted in acceptance, openness, and unconditional positive regard. However, I am also realistic and honest, and I will always tell you the truth, but in a kind and supportive way. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic or client-centered, reality and rational-emotive counseling. I will work collaboratively with you to create a treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs and together we will track your progress and revise the treatment plan when necessary.

In our journey together, you will be the driver and I will be the passenger reading your map. Sometimes we may take a wrong turn and that is OK, but together we will use your map to get back on the track to the destination of your choice.

My normal schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
Monday. Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
I typically check my messages after 5 PM everyday (sometimes more) and try to respond within 24 hours of your message, but this is not always possible, but I will do my best to give a timely response.
Please note: Periodically my schedule may change. I try to be as flexible as I can when there are specific appointment requests, and we can always discuss other convenient times where I may be able to open up a one-time slot on another day.

MY CANCELLATION POLICY
Just a quick message to inform about my cancellation policy. Your appointments and well-being are very important to me and I understand that sometimes, unexpected delays can occur, making schedule adjustments. If you need to cancel your appointment, I respectfully request at least three days’ notice and you would have to cancel the appointment on your end because the system doesn’t recognize a cancellation on my end. Appointments are in high demand, and your advanced notice will allow another client access to that appointment time.
Please note: It is Betterhelp’s cancellation policy that you cancel at least 24 hours before the appointment.

I look forward to working with you!

V/R
Natalia


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Coping with life changes , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Domestic Violence , Emptiness , First Responder Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #CSW006608 (Expires: 2022-09-30)

LCSW #C009986 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on May 04, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching,

Love Natalia! She is down to earth , supportive and helping me build confidence in myself. Really enjoying our talks and her guidance

Written by N.I. on Apr 28, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I recently started working with Natalia but it has already been a fantastic expirence. She listens to everything I have to say and really provides me with an honest perspective and useful solutions. She always has me laughing which is a solution in its self. I greatly look forward to our sessions and I am excited to keep working with her. She is also great a responding to messages and is transparent with her policies.

Written by R.O. on Apr 12, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

She was so nice and really listened to me as I was talking and working through things, she asked me questions I hadn’t thought to ask myself.

Written by D.E. on Apr 12, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

She is warm and friendly very easy to talk too !

Written by C.H. on Apr 05, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

So far this has been amazing. My counselor did miss a meeting this morning but honestly doesn’t bother me much. She’s a busy woman and it’s an exception that is well worth her services.

Written by F.R. on Apr 01, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Natalia is very professional and easy to talk to

Written by J.U. on Mar 30, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

She was amazing I can’t wait to speak to her again

Written by L.I. on Mar 30, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Natalia is the therapist everyone needs. She strikes that perfect balance of expert professional who can get you pass the surface level and to the deep issues you need to address and an amazing best friend who cheers you on to pursue your wins and successes. I am thankful to have her as my therapist at such a pivotal moment in my life. Big fearless decisions take clarity and someone helping you assess the pro and cons...I am grateful to Natalia as the expert helping me find courage and clarity to make BIG FEARLESS DECISIONS!!!

Written by C.R. on Mar 22, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, and compassion fatigue

Natalia is wonderful, she is patient and kind. I am so grateful for even the short time we’ve had together!!!

Written by A.N. on Mar 07, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

I have enjoyed talking with Natalia. She has been a great sounding board for me. I look forward to talking with her in future sessions.

Written by N.I. on Mar 06, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

Natalia has been a wonderful counselor. I have a strong personality and I feel that she was able to match me so well, challenge me, and offer me new insights into situations I was dealing with in my life. She listened to me and we laughed together, and I always looked forward to our sessions. She helped me face situations honestly and made me hold a mirror up to myself.
I wish she could be my counselor for the rest of my life. I would recommend her to anyone in my life (and in fact, I have!)

Written by M.E. on Feb 24, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Natalia is a wonderful counselor. She is patient, empathetic, but also tough to provide a mix of guidance and accountability. Natalia is warm and real. Her approach is personalized, multi-faceted and highly effective. She has been able to guide me through challenging times and assist me in finding the strength. I highly recommend her. Thank you Natalia.

Written by D.E. on Feb 06, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have social anxiety and she did her best to work with me in the level of comfort that I'm okay with. With a sprinkle of Marvel/DC rivalry debate and humor, she was able to have me open up when I'm ready.

Written by C.H. on Jan 26, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks

I love her. We clicked instantly. She talks to you unbiased and is 100% real no sugar coating!

Written by T.O. on Jan 19, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Happy that I’ve met her. Excited for the process

Written by N.E. on Jan 01, 2021 after counseling with Natalia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Natalia is great! I was kind of shocked that we instantly clicked. I feel like she completely gets where I’m coming from and what my concerns are. I’m extremely happy to have gotten here for my counselor.