It all began with life experiences that built a dream to help people.
MS, CCC, RP, RSW
Founder of Anchoridge Counselling
Natasha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Waterloo. During her time as a student, she worked at the University of Waterloo's Health Services where she discovered the need for peer support services for students with mental health and disabilities. Natasha went on to be a vital part of the opening of a mental health peer support program called M.A.T.E.S at the University of Waterloo. This was a major stepping stone, and where she found her passion to become a therapist so that she could continue to help young adults and teenagers throughout the difficult and pressing phases of their lives.
After she completed her studies in Waterloo, Natasha moved to Buffalo, New York to undertake a graduate program a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling. During her time there, she had the pleasure of gaining first-hand experience and exposure to different aspects of the field, all of which helped to equip her with the skills to establish her own counselling service where she could implement the best of what she learnt from the time she spent working and volunteering at various agencies.
Natasha also worked with the Centre for Psychosexual Health where she was helping teens and adults with gender identity issues, sexually inappropriate behaviour and gender dysphoria. At the Centre for Psychosexual health, she was able to gain the tools and knowledge to help the LGBTQ community in advancing their personal growth in regards to building a life that was always meant to be.
Shortly post the completion of her graduate studies in New York, Natasha wanted to venture out of her comfort zone where she could utilize her newly acquired skills in an unknown and undiscovered environment. As a result, she decided to move to Miami, Florida where she worked for a non-profit organization at Carol City Middle School, providing therapy to students from grade 6th-8th with academic and mental health issues. She also worked in a private practice working with individuals and groups dealing with various issues such as depression, domestic violence, anxiety, self-esteem etc.
Natasha decided to move back to Kitchener to pursue her dream of opening her own private practice, after living in the United States for quite some time. Natasha wanted this experience to be unlike any other experience for her clients, Natasha hopes that she can truly understand the sentiments and grievances of those who visit her clinic and ultimately provide them with the most effective and helpful mode of therapy to work towards their personal growth and sense of accomplishment.