Natalie Adey is a Licensed Social Worker working under the supervision of Dr. Stacy Hunt. Adey received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Her work in both undergraduate and graduate school focused largely on Gender Identity formation and cultural differences in gender and sexuality.
Natalie specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of 10 and 30. She is passionate about issues that affect the queer community and brings a trauma-informed approach to addressing generational cycles. When appropriate, Natalie addresses how the community and social structures with which clients engage have both positive and negative effects on them. She focuses on establishing a strong mind-body connection while breaking negative thought patterns.
Natalie has worked in both the outpatient setting as a graduate student clinician at USC and in the Inpatient setting in Pennsylvania. As an Inpatient clinician, she has experience in crisis intervention and take a solution-focused approach with many clients.
As a therapist working with adolescents and young adults, Natalie aims to create a safe and affirming environment for that will allow her clients to explore their growth and healing. She often encourages clients to lean into uncomfortable feelings, rather than shy away from them, to better understand the origin of those feelings.
Natalie’s areas of focus are LGBTQ+ issues, identity formation, post-traumatic growth, and conflict management between self and others. She strives to bring creativity and levity to sessions as much as possible. Her practice is based in a systems approach, trauma theory, and queer & feminist theory.