Natalie Rice-Thorp, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in California who provides compassionate and effective therapy to adults and emerging adults. Dr. Rice-Thorp is passionate about treating trauma, anxiety, stress, and managing life transitions. She is experienced in providing care to students and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Rice-Thorp provides in-office and teletherapy services for adults, and emerging adults.
Areas of Specialization
I provide evidence-based therapies in a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework that emphasize recovery within one’s own value system. I believe that all people have the capacity for growth and change and deserve to live authentic, fulfilling lives.
I am passionate about helping clients heal from trauma and specialize in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which are both cognitive-behavioral treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and considered best practices for the reduction of trauma-related symptoms. I was trained by the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VA), which has cutting-edge research on the treatment of PTSD.
My approach is culturally informed, and I work well with clients from diverse backgrounds, including members of the LGBTQ+ community. As a Latina woman I have a special interest in working with clients within the BIPOC community.
I provide warm and compassionate care using action-oriented therapies for clients who are affected by trauma or experience general anxiety and stressors. In our work together you will learn how to lower your body’s fight-or-flight response and focus on the mind-body connection. The methods I use include mindfulness-based practices, guided imagery, relaxation techniques, cognitive strategies, behavioral practices, and understanding one’s value system.
I offer unique perspective and insight into the lives of emerging adults and students, which I developed from years working in university counseling centers. I help my clients maximize their academic and social potential, learn more about themselves and develop insight into their patterns of behavior. I am also skilled in helping soon-to-be empty nester parents as they transition into new relationships with their adult children.
Professional Affiliations & Duties
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