About Natalie Jones, LPCC, PsyD.
Welcome to Lifetime Counseling and Consulting®
I have a combination of educational, training, and work experience as a clinical forensic psychologist (PsyD.), and a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and a psychologist in California. I started a private practice after years of working in the public sector and as contract therapist for the criminal justice system. My reason for moving to private practice is simple, I wanted to be my own boss andtake sole credit for my work..
What Makes Me Stand Out From Other Therapists:
The bay area is highly saturated with therapists, which often overlap in their area of clinical expertise. You may be wondering, what makes Natalie Jones so different? Well, I have asked colleagues and clients (as well as myself) what makes me stand out, and here is what came out of the feedback.
I am an expert at what I do. I have experience and training as a contract therapist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Department of Probation and Pretrial, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, conducting my own qualitative research study on my areas of clinical interest, and various training and employment experience. My employment background has given me the unique opportunity to work with those who are involved in the criminal justice system who have manipulated, inflicted pain, and even caused death to others. Those same experiences, has also allowed me to also work extensively with the victims. Thus, I have the unique insight, experience, and ability to work with both victims and perpetrators of abuse.
My laughter and bubbly personality. I have an upbeat personality and I often laugh a lot with clients in the therapy session. I work with you to see the positive side of things and we have a good laugh together (when appropriate). One of my coworkers has affectionately dubbed me the hyena because I laugh and smile so much.
I am culturally sensitive. Being an African American woman has definitely given me an advantage to seeing various aspects of what is dubbed “minority culture.” However, I have also worked with clients from various cultures, and subcultures which allows me to be more attuned and aware of differences among us. I welcome open dialogue about how your culture influences you.
I am very passionate about what I do. Feedback from clients has been “you are a genuinely good person and it shows. This is not just a job for you.” In other words, I do what I do, because I care about humanity and the footprint I leave in it.
I am always looking for ways to grow professionally and personally. I am constantly undergoing training, reading, watching educational films and etc. I always try to enhance my learning experiences so that I can help you. In addition, I work on myself by reflecting back on experiences, seeking advice from mentors, and, of course undergoing my own psychotherapy. (I would never recommend something that I would not do for myself).
I am not easily intimidated. I have a vast amount of education and work experience. I have also worked with those who struggle with issues ranging from abandonment and trust issues, trauma, dysfunctional family and relationship issues, symptoms of severe mental illness, substance abuse issues, medical issues, and those who have been incarcerated as a result of impulsiveness or difficulty controlling their behavior. I am confident and knowledgeable in my work with clients.
Motivation and Education:
I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have been living in the San Francisco bay area since 2008. I have known since I was a teenager that I wanted to be a psychologist. Some people ask, what influenced me to become a psychotherapist. My response to that question is “my parents’ divorce.” When I was 13 or so, and my parents were going through a divorce, my brother and I were encouraged to attend counseling. When went to see the therapist, I recall that she asked us a lot of questions around how we felt about the whole ordeal. So I asked her “is this what you do for a living… ask people a bunch of questions?” She replied “yes.” My response was “I think I can do this for a living and be a lot better at it than you are!” And the rest is history….
In order to jump-start my career, I took education very seriously and worked diligently to obtain a good one, both personally and professionally. When I began this journey, I didn’t understand the full scope of what it entailed. I had a vision, and motivation; but I had to hustle through blood, sweat, and tears to get to where I am today. I have a deeper appreciation for those with advanced degrees. I must also tell you that I supported myself through school and have always had at least one full-time job throughout my entire college career. I have always had a strong work and education ethic. I graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice in 2004. I then attended East Carolina University (ECU) where I completed double majors in biology and chemistry in 2006. After finishing at ECU, I obtained my master’s in clinical counseling psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in 2008. I completed my doctorate of psychology (PsyD.) degree at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University – San Francisco Campus in 2016.
Training and Work Experience:
My father worked as a self-employed construction, demolition, grading, and fencing contractor. While growing up, my father took my siblings and I to work with him every day. During the summers, we would work from sun up to sun down on my father’s construction sites. He taught me how to drive and operate every piece of machinery, so that in case anything would every happen to him, the family business could still thrive. From an early age, my parents instilled the value of a strong work ethic in me. Prior to and throughout my educational career in psychology, I have always worked – sometimes two or three jobs at a time. Because I am so passionate about mental health, I have had various jobs, practicums, trainings, and internships in many areas of the public sector. My experience and training includes:
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor Intern
- EAP Counselor
- Rehabilitation Psychology Student Trainee and Supervisor
- Neuropsychology Testing and Assessment Student Trainee
- Inpatient Unit and Psychiatric Emergency evaluator
- Counselor for a child and adolescent group homes
- Counselor and psychologist intern for adult crisis residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, residential, outpatient, and board and care mental health and substance abuse programs
- Psychological Testing Assistant
- Domestic Violence Counselor
- Counselor for AB-109 program
- Contract therapist for mental health and substance abuse treatment for clients with disabilities, Bureau of Prisons, and the United States Office of Probation and Pretrial Services
- Clinician for California State Prison
- Private Practice
My Areas of Expertise and the Passion Behind It:
I have worked in various areas of the mental health, substance abuse, and relationship sector. I thoroughly enjoyed my work as a contracted therapist for the Bureau of Prisons, and Departments of Probation and Pretrial. It exposed me to those who have struggled with a multitude of issues, including trauma, relationship issues, abandonment, and difficulty with trust and intimacy in relationships. In my experience, most people who have been incarcerated have struggled with being abused in their families, and have a history of struggling for survival both physically and emotionally. My work involved educating people about how their trauma history had impacted them, and even contributed to their beliefs and behaviors in their relationships. Thus, through my work with them, it lead me to develop my work with trauma and relationships issues both personally and professionally. I developed and completed a dissertation study on African American women who were psychologically abused by their parents growing up; and the results of that study suggested that the women were exposed to various other forms of trauma and abuse, experiencedrelationship difficulties such as abuse, distrust, and detachment, and half of the women had a history of incarceration. Thus through my research and my work with clients, I have developed a treatment system with those who struggle with trauma and interpersonal relationship difficulties. I have several areas of clinical interest which I am passionate about both personally and professionally. My training and clientele are based on these ares which I am familiar with treating. These include:
Treatment Modalities and Theoretical Orientation:
While I have an extensive training and educational background, my first and primary belief is that “you are your own expert”. My personality is an eccentric mix of culture and learned experiences. My therapy style is reflective of my training and experience. I have worked with and feel comfortable utilizing a mixture of therapy styles. My therapeutic tool-kit utilizes cognitive-behavioral, relational, attachment, existential, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychodynamic, narrative, and gestalt therapy.
Dissertation Study – The Experiences of African American Women Who Were Psychologically Abused by Their Parents While Growing Up