Vancouver WA & Portland OR
Our mission is to provide integrative, creative care from a prism of honor, reverence, and optimism.
Natasha Salemme, LMHC
I hold Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Western State College in Colorado and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University. I started my career in Gunnison, CO as a program coordinator for the Nurturing Parenting Program, where I helped parents and their children learn how to communicate and connect with one another in positive, nurturing, and healthy ways. Since this time, I have worked with individuals of all ages – from early childhood on up into older adulthood. My experience ranges from working in-home with children on the autism spectrum to working with adults undergoing mental health crises in a crisis center. I spent the last four years serving youth, families, and young adults in a community mental health setting in Bellingham, WA. I have extensive training and experience helping people with anxiety, depression, traumatic life events, adjusting to life changes, navigating relational struggles and challenging family systems.
As a licensed counselor and registered yoga teacher, I value the importance of addressing both the mind and body in a therapeutic setting. I utilize a strengths-based, humanistic, and biopsychosocial approach to counseling and I believe healing is not just a matter of the mind, but involves the body and spirit. I use body awareness, mindfulness, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) to enhance traditional talk therapy. Sessions with me include breathing exercises, guided meditation, and movement, in addition to traditional therapy modalities such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). I have an extensive yoga practice which aids in teaching clients how to breathe and hold their bodies in a way that is grounding and promotes well-being.
I recently moved to Portland to further pursue a Yoga Therapy training I began in April 2016. My focus in the last year and a half has been in trauma-informed and holistic treatment approaches such as Yoga Therapy, Social Justice Yoga Teacher Training, and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training. I plan to continue training in Yoga Therapy to utilize holistic practices into my therapy sessions with clients – this generally includes breathing and meditation exercises, body awareness, education on the impact of stress/trauma on our bodies, and gentle physical exercises (when appropriate) to help release stress carried in the body. I look forward to working with both individuals and groups at the VIC. I hope to facilitate trauma-informed yoga classes and group therapy sessions focused on managing anxiety, depression, and trauma-related challenges.
When I’m not in the office, I am likely engaging in some kind of physical activity such as yoga (of course!), mountain biking, road biking, running, swimming, or hiking. I love the outdoors, dancing, and eating delicious food. I am eager to explore Portland and very happy to cut down on my commute time to yoga trainings (no more 5-hour drives from Bellingham!).
- Adolescents, adults, couples
- Trauma and PTSD
- Self-harming behaviors
- Crisis intervention
- Anger management
- LBGTQ inclusive
- Relational and family challenges
My Training & Approaches
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma-Focused CBT
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)