Iryna Natalushko, MA, CTT is a practicing and teaching art therapist and an ITR-certified trauma therapist, with training background from GW graduate art therapy with a trauma concentration via Fulbright 2008-2011; with three academic-year-long practicum placements in the DC area: an open art studio for adults with chronic mental illness and developmental delay, an NGO providing counseling and support services for inpatient and outpatient oncology patients and their families, and GW art therapy trauma clinic. She is currently working with individuals and families affected by various types of trauma through NGOs and in private practice, as well as training colleagues in trauma-focused interventions with art therapy, from her home country Ukraine.
- Psychological trauma
- Grief and loss
- Mindfulness and self-compassion
- Personal growth
My understanding of what happens for an individual going through a traumatic experience and how that could transfer to post-traumatic consequences is grounded in two key models. One is neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel's proposal for understanding mental health and the healing process as 'integration'. I use Daniel Siegel's understanding of the therapeutic process through the ways integration unfolds in several domains of human experience. The other - is science-based, non-pathologizing, safe and efficient procedures of the Instinctual Trauma Response model (the ITR model), developed by my teachers art therapist Linda Gantt and psychiatrist Luis Tinnin. I use the ITR model as ground-work for screening and intervention for many clients I see, in cases when traumatization is hidden in the background of presenting concerns.
I work with adults and families, with trauma history, ranging from single instance trauma to repeated or chronic traumatization. Developmental timing of my clients' trauma varies too, from preverbal to very recent - affecting them in a range of post-traumatic consequences or thwarted potnetial; not necessarily requiring a diagnosis, and with space for considerable improvement and growth.
Psychotherapy services for:
- Kyiv international community.
- Web clients via video-call from anywhere online.
To schedule a session, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Please do not include any confidential information when writing to me via email or skype, as it is not fully secure. I am looking forward to meet you and answer any questions you might have in the first session.