Natalie Imbach has been with Life Services for almost a year. She specializes in counselling young people and their families addressing substance use concerns, as well as providing post treatment continuing care support for young people and their families.
Natalie believes addiction is a family disease. Her experience in the addiction treatment field combined with her education confirms that addiction impacts the entire family system. Feelings of fear, loneliness, anger, shame, and guilt are experienced by individual members of the family, including the addict. Each member of the family develops strategies to cope with this pain and turmoil that leave them feeling an even deeper helplessness.
Natalie believes recovery for the family system as well as the addict is a process that leads to healing, the development of hope, and eventually freedom from the bondage of addiction. The process of recovery begins with acceptance. No one member of the family system or an event is responsible for causing addiction. No one is to blame; rather everyone involved is a victim of the disease of addiction. Natalie believes in the innate goodness of all people, and her mission in therapy is to help her clients access, reconnect with, and nurture that goodness. She believes that the foundation of change is honesty, acceptance, identifying and feeling one’s emotions, and re-developing a sense of choice and meaning.
Natalie Imbach is a Bowen therapist, which means she views individuals through a relational lens and is incredibly curious about the human experience. She seeks a deep understanding of her clients’ experience on all levels, as she believes people need to feel understood and heard to developing a deeper understanding of themselves. Natalie has extensive experience working with young people and their families struggling with addiction. She was previously clinical director of a long-term treatment facility for young people and their families, and has been working in the addictions field for a total of 17 years.
Natalie Imbach is a Registered Provisional Psychologist, a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor, and a Registered Professional Counsellor. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Addiction as well as a Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy. The academic focus on addiction and family therapy provides Natalie with the skills and knowledge necessary to counsel the individual suffering with addiction as well as address the issues related to the addiction within the family system. If you have any questions feel free to contact Natalie today or book an appointment online.