Hi! I am Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht BA MSc ND RP.
Let me tell you a bit about me. I am a registered psychotherapist who received an autism diagnosis as an adult. My approach to Health Care combines a strong background in scientific academia, gathered during my medical studies at McMaster University, and my Masters in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. You can reach me through this website, my personal website, or through Psychology Today.
I have a passion for helping people with autism reach their potential. I write a lot about autism, which inspired this website. My Masters in Science–Applied Psychology taught me how to do research—both qualitative (where we can listen to people share their lived experiences of autism) and quantitative (research-based).
We are real people behind virtual or real keyboards on real phones, tablets, laptops, or desktop PCs or Macs. Our regard and, for many of us, our love for you [Natalie] is real, too. Just knowing you’re there is enough—so when we do want to talk or listen (translation: write comments or read what you’ve written), we’re confident you’re there with us and for us. Thank you.
Helping people understand autism
Finding out I am autistic was a blessing and my whole life started to make sense. Since then I have helped other people understand if they have autism too.
The experience was excellent. It is nerve-wracking being so vulnerable, but you truly made me feel comfortable. I felt that I could open up to you because I knew you wouldn’t judge me. I liked that it wasn’t simply a question and answer session. I really appreciated the fact that you gave me tips and pointers, and that you noticed and gave me credit for skills that I didn’t realize I had.
The report is great. I especially liked the language you used. I had a hard time comprehending the ADHD report from my psychiatrist because of all the medical terminology and formal language, but yours was easy to understand. I also liked that the report isn’t just a list of diagnostic criteria. You took the time to list specific examples of my symptoms that fit the criteria.
The whole experience felt like the best gift I have ever received. Now that I know myself, I can be myself.
Working with patients
I have worked with patients for more than 25 years. I enjoy helping people with trauma overcome their limitations and reach their potential. This is a path I have had to navigate personally and have done so successfully. My patients find that I understand them.
I am trained in:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
- Emotionally focused couples therapy (EFCT)
- Somatic therapy
- Positive psychology
And a lot more! My love of research keeps me up to date. Furthermore, I like to look into genetics and use the plasticity of the brain to help people with achieving their goals. For more information on the therapies I’m trained in, have a look at the credentials page of my personal website below.
Your [Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht’s] compassion is genuine. I didn’t feel like you were pretending, or putting on a show. Your kindness and freedom from judgment make you the best healthcare professional I’ve ever met. You didn’t make me feel crazy like everyone else I’ve ever seen. The consultation felt more like chatting with a friend rather than being evaluated by a doctor. I also love how animated you are. By being yourself you help others feel as if they can do the same.
For an autism assessment and/or
psychotherapy needs, contact me.
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