Natalie Ferreira, M.A., Doctoral Associate

Natalie Ferreira is completing her doctoral training and holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from York University.

Natalie is genuine, nonjudgmental, and collaborative. She has worked with individuals experiencing a wide range of psychological and emotional concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-criticism, grief, relationship distress, and difficulty understanding and coping with their emotions. She draws on a variety of evidence-based treatments, including Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In addition, she integrates compassion-focused, acceptance and commitment, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, and narrative approaches to therapy to best meet the unique needs of her clients. She supports her clients in overcoming obstacles, improving relationships, and making satisfying and meaningful changes in their lives.

Natalie co-facilitates workshops on emotional intelligence where she provides psycho-education about the role and function of emotion.  In these groups she helps individuals to: become more aware of their emotions; understand their emotional responses; recognize problematic emotional responses; develop helpful coping strategies; identify and express important feelings and needs; improve interpersonal skills and build stronger relationships; and foster self-compassion.

Natalie is completing a pre-doctoral practicum in the Complex Care and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Here she provides individual and group therapy for individuals who are struggling with complex psychological and emotional issues.

For over a decade, Natalie has been involved in research examining what the mechanisms of change are in therapy sessions that contribute to the long-term improvement of depression. Her own line of research examines what kinds of important needs are expressed in therapy by individuals struggling with depression that are related to positive outcomes. She has presented her research at national and international conferences.