Dr. Nathalie Martinez Raper, LPC-S

Clinical Supervisor

Nathalie Martinez Raper is a congenial and talented Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor with extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings. She establishes rapport quickly and is both perceptive and engaging during her client’s sessions. Her humility and kindness are prominent characteristics and help her clients feel both comfortable and supported as they work through the issues in their lives. She is attentive, compassionate, and accurate with her observations and interventions.

In keeping with the Gearing Up dedication to educational excellence, Nathalie has completed fifty five hours of advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is also completing her doctorate in Family Therapy at Texas Women’s University. She is very interested in working with families in resolving conflict, improving communication, and renewing the bonds of family connection and intimacy.

Nathalie has a central professional interest in trauma and has trained in both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and in Complex Trauma. She is dedicated to helping her clients overcome the long term problems caused by single episode or complex repetitive traumas. Traumatized people often experience emotional turmoil, the inability to maintain a cohesive sense of self, hypersensitivity to others, an inability to express and use emotions effectively, emotional withdrawal, and more. Many of us who have been traumatized struggle with finding balance in emotions and we often feel vulnerable and hyper emotional without understanding why. Addictions, eating disorders, remaining consistently engaged in work and home, chronic mood swings, and more are all characteristics of unresolved trauma. Nathalie equips her clients with a library of coping skills and strategies specifically built for traumatized victims to manage their lives effectively.

Prior to joining Gearing Up, she worked as a behavioral skills trainer at an autism center. As a counseling intern she worked in a variety of settings including Hope’s Door, Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Texas Women’s University Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic. Most recently, she was a therapist at Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

Specializations and Experience In:

  • Child Individual Therapy
  • Adolescent Individual Therapy
  • Adult Individual Therapy
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Marital Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Parent Training and Consultation
  • Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Complex Trauma Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Oppositional and Defiant Children
  • Defiant Teens
  • Anger Management Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Divorce Grief
  • Domestic Violence Recovery
  • Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – completed over 55 hours of advanced DBT training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • EMDR (in training)

Among Nathalie’s many accomplishments are the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, the University of California at Riverside
  • Master of Arts in Community Counseling, Argosy, University
  • Doctoral Degree in Family Therapy, Texas Women’s University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in Texas

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