Natalie Diaz is an Associate Clinical Social Worker working towards licensure in the state of California. Natalie has been working in the field of social work and mental health for five years – three of those at the San Diego Department of Veteran Affairs. Natalie has experience working with civilians, military children and their families, as well as active duty service members and Veterans.
In addition to providing therapy, Natalie works at the San Diego VA helping newly separated service members enroll in VA healthcare and address their mental health needs. Trained in empirical based therapy modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solving and Motivational Interviewing, Natalie is able to work with those struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship difficulties and offer support. Natalie also has experience working with Military Sexual Trauma and Interpersonal Trauma.
Natalie graduated from the University of Southern California with her masters in Social Work, with an emphasis in military mental health. Internships and previous work experience included schools, family visitation with Child Protective Services, working with the homeless population, mental illness and substance use, and military transition.
“I look forward to working with clients, and helping them work through any of life’s difficulties that they may face. Together we can work towards the client having a more fulfilling life, armed with coping strategies and tools needed to face their problems.”
*Natalie Diaz practices under the license and supervision of Kendra Penski, LCSW 27142