Natasha Vida is highly skilled and dedicated clinician, as well as being a mum who finds happiness in the chaos of raising her own three children. She loves getting up early in the morning to go for a run, buying too many books that she knows she will not have the time to read, dancing like not one is watching and spending time with new and old friends.
Natasha is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Child and Family Therapist, graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2000 as well as a Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy. Natasha has extensive knowledge and experience from government and non-government settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Child Protection Counselling Services and Out of Home Care, in working with children, adolescents and their families with a variety of emotional, behavioural and life transitions struggles. She particularly enjoys working with younger children (3 – 6 years), primary school aged children (7 – 12 years) and their parents/carers.
She works collaboratively with parents and their children to develop helpful skills and strategies for change. Her counselling style is warm, curious and playful. Her aim in working with children and their families is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship, to work together to enhance and foster connectiveness, create safety and elicit hope.
Natasha’s preferred way of practice with children is through expressive therapies including Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Sand and Symbols Therapy and Psychosomatic informed practices. Natasha is also informed in her work by Attachment theory, Trauma-informed theory and in System Approaches.
Natasha is an active member of the AASW and participates in ongoing clinical supervision and professional development in the area of child and adolescent psychotherapy and counselling including Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychosomatic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Parenting and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Natasha is currently completing her certification in Theraplay. She undertakes regular supervision and is incorporates Theraplay informed practices in her work with children and their parents/carers.
Natasha has trained as a facilitator in several parenting coaching approaches including ‘Bringing Up Great Kids’, ‘Circle of Security’ and ‘Emotional Coaching (123 Magic)’.
Natasha has also completed specialist training in childhood Eating Disorders and is registered as a provider of ED therapy on the Butterfly Foundation’s Referral Database.