Natalie Rice-Thorp, Ph.D.

Natalie Rice-Thorp, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in California providing professional therapeutic services to adults and emerging adults. Her evidence-based approach to therapy utilizes a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework with an emphasis on recovery within one’s own value system. Dr. Rice-Thorp practices the belief that all people deserve to live authentic, fulfilling lives. Every individual has a great capacity for growth and change and Dr. Rice-Thorp provides the expertise and guidance needed during this process. She will work collaboratively with you to determine the treatment plan that is best suited for you based on your individual circumstances.

Areas of Specialization
Dr. Rice-Thorp specializes in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, general anxiety, depression, and life transitions. She is experienced in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and provides treatment that is tailored to each person based on their values and individual needs. Dr. Rice-Thorp is LGBTQ+ friendly.

Dr. Rice-Thorp utilizes Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which are both cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD and considered to be the best practices for the reduction of trauma-related symptoms. Both PE and CPT are evidenced based therapies, which means they have been shown to be effective through rigorous scientific research. Dr. Rice-Thorp was trained by the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VA), which has the most cutting-edge research on the treatment of PTSD. She has a strong background in working with veterans, including those with PTSD due to combat or sexual abuse.

Dr. Rice-Thorp also practices evidence-based therapies for general anxiety and depression. Mindfulness, meditation, guided imagery, and relaxation strategies are some techniques that she uses to aid in the reduction of depressive or anxious symptoms and promote healthy change.

Dr. Rice-Thorp has extensive experience working with young adults in a university setting. She uses CBT strategies and values exploration to help individuals maximize their academic and social potential. In addition to working with students in this setting, Dr. Rice-Thorp has experience supporting university administrators and staff in managing the stress and demands of their duties. She is also skilled in helping soon-to-be empty nester parents transition into new relationships with their children.

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Education & Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California, San Diego
  • Clinical Psychologist, VA San Diego Healthcare System
  • Senior Staff Psychologist University of California, San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (UCSD CAPS)

Professional Affiliations & Duties

  • Guest Lecturer, UCSD CAPS and CSPP at Alliant International University
  • Alumni Mentor, Triton to Work Match Program, UCSD
  • Published author in professional journals including Psychological Services and New Ideas in Psychology
  • Presented research in professional conventions and workshops

For a copy of Dr. Rice-Thorp’s Curriculum Vitae, click here.

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