Natalie  Monaghan

Natalie Monaghan

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated November 17, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Life transitions, existential issues, and challenges
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Parenting
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-harm

Professional statement

Natalie Monaghan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating.

Natalie welcomes adolescents and adults of all ages and genders, many of whom have found eating to be a recurring challenge. Natalie has deep expertise in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and orthorexia. She also works with clients navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, and life transitions, including the transition to college and midlife transitions.

Natalie particularly enjoys working with athletes, incorporating exercise into eating recovery and reestablishing a healthy relationship with one’s sport. She also helps parents better understand the inner experience of a child with an eating disorder in order to strengthen patterns of communication and foster supportive relationships.

Natalie utilizes a skills-based and Gestalt approach, helping clients build positive coping skills and tap into deep emotions and vulnerabilities to create lasting change. She provides highly tailored, coordinated care that acknowledges the uniqueness of each client’s eating experience and allows them to reconnect to their inner self. Natalie’s goal is for her clients to feel deeply cared for and no longer alone in their challenges, and for her office to be a safe haven for clients to begin to heal.


Message to clients

So many people feel alone in their struggles, as well as disconnected from friends, family, and self. Seeking support is a brave step that signifies the desire for change, fulfillment and/or connection. Building a relationship with a therapist who is a good match for you and experiencing good therapy will be life changing. It is so important to find a therapist that you respect and connect well with, someone who can bring care and comfort to your most vulnerable parts.
Message to clients with an eating disorder: Struggling with an eating disorder can be such a lonely and isolating experience. Feelings are often internalized and it feels foreign or too scary to externalize them in a state of pure vulnerability. The eating disorder behaviors are helpful to numb self and distract from the current emotions and/or present stressors in your life. Although CBT and DBT skills can be helpful tools to help restructure distorted thinking, regulate emotions and improve distress, I find that it does not shift behaviors. This result leaves people feeling hopeless and frustrated. I feel passionate that the work I do with my clients not only improves symptoms, but is also transformative in the way they relate to family, friends and self.


Specialties

Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) - Feeling preoccupied with parts of your body to the point where the preoccupation interferes with your life

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias; undesired eating habits, smoking, and drug use related to anxiety

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Family issues - Navigating/ coping with mental illness within a family, parenting stressors, wedding planning stressors, among other family-related challenges

Life transitions, existential issues, and challenges - Includes adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction

Compulsive behavior - Including compulsive overeating, nail biting, picking, compulsive spending, hair pulling

Parenting - Supporting children who are struggling with anxiety, depression, college adjustment, and eating disorders, while also caring for yourself

Relationship issues - Navigating challenging friendships and relationships with family members and parents

Self-harm - Injuring of body tissue, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting


General expertise


Insurance

Natalie Monaghan is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $200
  • Initial session: $200

Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

Hawk & Hummingbird Holistic Healing

545 South Water Street

Providence, RI 02903

Hours
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Work and Education

Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2008 - Present

Keansburg Board of Education, Elementary School Social Worker, 2005 - 2007

Summit Center for Learning of Springfield, Social Skills Group Facilitator, 2005 - 2007

South Orange Middle School, School Social Work Intern, 2004 - 2005

Mountainside Hospital, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit/Emergency Department, Crisis Intervention & Psychiatric Social Work Intern/per diem employe, 2003 - 2006

Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Research Assistant, 2002 - 2003

Rutgers, the State University of NJ School of Social Work, MSW, 2005

Boston College, BA, Human Development / Child in Society, 2002


Languages

  • English

Therapy Groups

Natalie  Monaghan
Young Adult Eating Disorder Support Group

Every Monday, 5:45pm - 8:45pm Eating disorder support groups are closed 8 week groups limited to 8-10 young adults. Members can choose to continue group on an ongoing basis and often do! Group provides a safe, supportive environment that emphasizes positive aspects of recovery. Group members work on being present in the moment and connecting to their emotional experiences as they and other group members share. Members practice naming these emotions to others and experience what it is like to be seen and heard. Members often share that this group has been essential in helping them shift their emotional experiences, relational patterns with others, and ultimately their maladaptive behaviors.