I’m Dr. Natalie Medina-Minton and I have been a clinical social worker for... a long time now! Even though it has been a while, like a wonderful love affair, time feels like it has moved fast – which only shows how much I love doing what I do.
During my love affair with being a clinical social worker, I have done behavioral therapy in the home, worked in private and city hospital settings, helped people with disabilities get connected to services and identify whether they are able to consent for sexual engagement. I have helped children from various backgrounds and needs, assist couples in deciding what to do next, had the honor of supervising some amazing clinicians and case managers, and many other experiences that I am deeply proud to have been a part of.
I come from a Puerto Rican family that has anxiety and depression evident. Any mental health symptom that was experienced was something that you do not talk about and even less likely to talk to a therapist about. Growing up and experiencing my own traumas, I wanted to be able to not only change the idea of therapy in communities of color, but to be able to have all individuals who are experiencing distress to not suffer in silence by being given tools and feeling a sense of hope. My greatest gifts and joys are passing on the knowledge that I have gained to my clients and those that I supervise to help survive and succeed through life’s various challenges.
My style is one of openness, warmth, compassion, non-judgement and is holistic. I frequently tell my clients: you are driving the car, I am a passenger... and together we are deciding which road to take and why.
My office is located in the heart of the Chelsea area of Manhattan. The building is fully accessible with ramp and elevator access. Once in the building and on the floor of the suite, you are greeted by a receptionist with a modern waiting area and check-in process. The suite presents with two modern waiting areas that both have WiFi capabilities and televisions while you wait for your healing and grounding session. The suite also provides refreshments of coffee and tea at no cost to you. If you prefer other refreshment options, there are other options available via vending machines by a functioning kitchen area.
Your confidentiality is one of my biggest values. So, there are sound machines outside the office doors. Your name will also not be called in the waiting areas.
My office serves as a physical location for you to feel comfortable, and, like you have just stepped into your journal. There may be sensory integration experience via the use of oils to calm, activate, or de-stress you.
Welcome to my office and your healing home!