I BelieveTo fulfill our hearts' longings we need to meet our fear with compassion and step beyond our comfort zone. Encountering our growing edge can be uncomfortable, but it is also when we feel most alive.
About Nat Roman
I'm a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Science (MSc) in Couple and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology. I specialize in an integrative approach that draws on effective therapy practices from multiple models tailored to the needs of each adult, child, couple or family. In addition to my academic and clinical background, I have extensive training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) processes, community based restorative conflict circles, mindfulness meditation practices and Buddhist psychology.
I was first introduced to both therapy and meditation practice twenty years ago within the context of my own therapeutic journey and since that time I have studied, practiced and taught mindfulness based practices in Canada and the US. I have shared these practices as a teacher and mentor within the context of traditional Buddhist retreats, workshops on mindfulness and compassionate communication practices, and as part of my individual, couple and family therapy sessions.
I have also explored these above themes in my academic work, conducting experimental psychological research on the effects of mindfulness and emotional awareness in reducing aggressive responses to goal threats as well as exploring how somatic awareness and embodied mindfulness practices can be integrated into couple and family therapy.
My clinical interests include understanding the role of bonding and trauma in interpersonal development; language and systems of meaning; and strategies for challenging internalized social and cultural messages that get in the way of experiencing the freedom, connection and safety that we all long for as human beings.
In an earlier stage of life I worked as a professional musician and I strongly believe that creativity is an essential part of life, whether one is engaged in a formal creative discipline, problem solving, or attempting to get kids off to school in the morning.