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I am dedicated to providing therapeutic services to those who suffer from emotional and physical challenges, as a catalyst to build hope, promote healing and inspire growth, so that clients can courageously live a fulfilling life despite their difficult circumstances and THRIVE.

I am a passionate therapist who is comfortable with the really difficult parts of life. I help others heal and encourage them to live the best version of their lives despite dealing with pain, illness, trauma and despair.

I have battled an autoimmune illness that involves chronic pain for over 13 years, along with Triple Negative breast cancer in 2015, and other trauma in my life. Therefore I feel that I have an incredibly unique combination of life experience and clinical training. I realize that there are very few therapists who have the intricate knowledge of how trauma and health problems (i.e. chronic pain / illness, autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, etc.) impact a person's life.

Health challenges and trauma bring about a lot of different emotional, mental and relational issues that are often more difficult than the actual illness or trauma. I work to help you leverage your strengths, help build up hope, increase resilience (since nobody comes equipped on how to handle things like this) and learn ways to cope and thrive. Each person's situation is unique and I work with you in an integrative manner so that you get the best results.   

My goal is to create a safe environment where trust is built through genuine honesty, empathy and authenticity. I work with you in an open and non-judgmental way to help empower you to live the best version of your life regardless of circumstances. I have worked with children (as young as four), adults, couples, adolescents, teens and entire families, as well as group therapy. 



Common issues that I help people with are:

 ~ Chronic pain / illness, autoimmune disease, cancer, and any health problem that causes distress

~ Relationship, sex and intimacy problems

~Women's health and wellness issues

~ Trauma and PTSD

~ Grief, loss, denial and anger; for life as it was ‘before’ or what ‘could have been’ versus what must be endured now

~ Loss of self-esteem and self-confidence

~ Depression and Anxiety

~ Managing changes in roles and boundaries

~ Stress due to added pressure and financial issues

~ Feeling ‘stuck’ in emotions or thoughts– such as bottling them up, pushing things aside, over-analyzing or brooding, or maybe even beliefs/stories that may not serve you anymore.    

~ Medical Trauma from diagnosis and treatment related to illness

~ Psycho-oncology

~ Adjusting to the new reality

~ Help with compliance of new health program

~ Anxiety of how to adjust, handle the changes, or what will happen in the future


Approach

I have helped many people and their families learn to cope and adjust to what life is throwing at them. It's possible to live life courageously despite what circumstances come up. Life can get complicated and overwhelming, I can help you navigate so that you can live the best version of your life.

I work in a systemic, integrative method that addresses your unique needs and circumstances rather than forcing your problems to fit into a specific theory. I am constantly adjusting therapy to the growth and change within you, but based on the treatment plan that was created at the start of therapy in order to accomplish goals. 

Theories that I use in an Integrative Manner:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT)

  • Attachment Theory

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Creative art expression 

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)

  • Evidence Based Treatments

  • Family Systems 

  • Gestalt / Existential Therapy

  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement Therapy 

  • Mindfulness 

  • Motivational Interviewing 

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Person Centered

  • Positive Psychology 

  • Post-traumatic Growth 

  • Psycho-oncology (Cancer Therapy)

  • Recovery Based

  • Rogerian Theory

  • Stress Management 

  • Trauma Focused - CBT


Background

I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University- GSEP and have worked in a variety of settings including: Department of Mental Health agency, non-profit clinic, school related setting and private practice.

My full name is Nathalie Tacha Kasper and I am registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #96472. I am employed by La Vida Life Counseling Center and supervised by Luisa Contreras, LMFT #82977, LPCC #651. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and understand and abide by the standards of the CAMFT code of ethics. I am also a member of the Orange County chapter of CAMFT. In 2012, I became a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society of Psychology. I am also a member of  the American Psychological Association (APA). 

The offices are easily accessible and centrally located in Orange County by John Wayne Airport. In addition to office visits, I offer Online Therapy services for anyone located in California. I also offer Concierge services tailored to your individual needs, which may include any combination of services including off-site location visits, hospital visits, coordination with physicians or providers, crisis management, end of life services, etc.


Benefits of Counseling

-       Heal emotional pain

-       Feel overall contentment and peace, while increasing compassion for yourself

-       Overcome feelings of sadness, unworthiness, hopelessness, burden, shame, and guilt

-       Reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger or guilt

-       Improve communication and enrich relationships

-       Reduce and help manage symptoms of chronic pain and illness

-      Help alleviate the emotional distress that comes with having to live with chronic pain and illness

-       Heal emotional wounds, trauma and long standing issues

-       Address life transitions and adjust in a positive manner

-       Overcome grief and loss due to trauma and/or chronic illness/pain

-       Reduce negative thoughts, emotions and limiting beliefs while replacing them with better adaptive health and mental wellness

-       Heal emotional pain which may be producing somatic responses in your body and delaying your healing process

-       Remove barriers and obstacles to healing

-       Post Traumatic Growth – learn to use and leverage the trauma/illness as a catalyst to build a better life and not just “return to pre-event status quo”