My work is informed and mobilized through my interconnected identities including my metis ancestry; as a parent of three Secwepemc children, and part of the Secwepemc community through kinship ties; an academic; activist and sexual abuse counsellor.

I continue to practice as a clinical supervisor, educator and counsellor specializing in violence and trauma as well as a girls group facilitator for Indigenous girls. I have over 25 years experience in the area of trauma and violence with a focus on healing and resistance to violence and trauma, and the coping responses to trauma including self-harming, substance use, disordered eating and other survival responses.  I also consider the impact of colonial and gendered policies on Indigenous children, youth, families and communities. In addition to my role as an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University in the School of Social Work, Natalie continues to practice including her ongoing work as a violence counsellor with Neskonlith Education Centre, and Indigenous girls group facilitator.

  • Trauma and Violence Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Girls Group facilitator and specialist trainer on Indigenous trauma
  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work,Thompson Rivers University teaching courses on trauma and violence informed practices; groups and practice
  • Registered Social Worker
  • Registered BC Play Therapy Association Member
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  • Phone: 1-250-377-1736


Bachelor of Social Work UBC (1990)

Masters of Social Work focus on healing from abuse and trauma (1992)

PhD with specialization in Secwepemc and Indigenous approaches to healing children and youth from trauma (2018)