I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and am currently working on a Master of Arts in Integrated Studies. I am also a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO-member number 001970), and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA-member number 10004712). I have been providing psychotherapy services in the community of North Bay for ten years.
My career was inspired by my own experience with 'madness'. In 2007, I found myself in a complete psychosis. I did not know at first that I was unwell. I actually felt quite well for the first time in a long time. I was FREE! I had finally had the courage to end my marriage, which had been unhealthy for several years, but I had kept that hidden (for the most part) from my family and friends. It was bizarre because people kept telling me I was acting "weird". I was angry because I thought they meant I was wrong to leave my marriage and therefore I was being labeled or accused of acting 'wrong'. Eventually, it became more and more apparent. I lost all rationality. All my years of being quiet were over. I was angry. I did irrational things. After four months of increasing insanity, I was hospitalized. With the help of medication, I could actually feel my brain refocusing, I could feel myself returning to me. I found myself on the best journey of my life. The journey to self-understanding, self-love, and self-forgiveness. This journey, led me to where I am today: Natalie Lebel, Registered Psychotherapist...who would have thought? Certainly, not me!!! I have learned that "discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life". I learned how to be with all of me, even the parts that still need growing, with compassion and generosity.
I aim to provide a compassionate and creative presence in attending to whatever you bring to our work together. My approach is collaborative and non-judgemental. One of my goals is to create a quiet and comfortable space for you. I encourage clients to not censor what they are thinking, to share whatever comes to mind. I will work with you to understand what holds you back—what prevents you from living your life to the fullest. I am committed to helping you gain an improved sense of balance and well-being. Additionally, I emphasize the importance of looking at the whole person, not just the areas you may view as problematic.
The duration and intensity of our work together is determined by the specifics of your situation. While research supports the idea that work with clients over the long term provides an opportunity to truly understand a client’s inner world, develop a trusting therapeutic relationship, and create more long lasting positive outcomes; my ultimate goal is to meet you where you are and to be helpful in a way that is specific to your individual circumstances. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues and offer a highly personalized approach, tailored to each of my clients’ individual needs. If you want to work on a particular issue, such as thinking through the possibilities of a new position at work or contemplating the pros and cons of additional schooling or professional development, for example, our work might be shorter term. For other issues, such as trying to understand a longstanding feeling of being stuck or sad or anxious, or relationship challenges, our work together may be longer in duration, allowing us the time to explore what is causing your distress and to fully understand the barriers to breaking what might be life-long patterns. I will help you make connections between the source or sources of those patterns and how they play out in your everyday life.
Therapy is confidential, collaborative, validating, non-judgemental and respectful of where you are, and what you are seeking. The therapeutic process can vary, depending on the individual. Therapeutic conversations are useful in shaping and determining what kind of life you want, and what strengths and tools you already possess towards achieving your desired outcomes. The greatest contribution to change comes from what you bring to the process. I look forward to working with you,
Natalie Lebel BA