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About Natalia Braun, MSc

Therapy is too good to be limited to the sick.

Dr. Erving Polster

​Training and Experience
  • Full-time private practice in Switzerland, registered to provide psychological and psychoanalytic counselling and consulting for private clients; psychoanalyst; working with a diverse international population ranging from UHNWI to offering sliding scales

  • MSc in Psychology from the University of Derby, UK; BA & MPhil in Humanities

  • Postgraduate intensive training in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy with William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, US

  • Own psychoanalysis and therapy; regular and continuous supervision/consultations

  • Postgraduate training in clinical practice in Jungian psychoanalysis with The Society of Analytical Psychology, UK

  • Postgraduate advanced training in gestalt therapy with Pacific Gestalt Institute, US

  • Postgraduate training in relational interventions for new psychopathologies in a post-pandemic world with Postgraduate School of Gestalt Psychotherapy Istituto di Gestalt HCC, Italy

  • Multiple years of continuous education in contemporary psychoanalysis, gestalt and expressive arts therapies, among others, with Canadian National Centre for Dance Therapy, Montréal, Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, US, clinical seminars on psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalytic supervision, personality organisation and personality disorders with Dr. Nancy McWilliams, Rutgers University; Dr. Otto Kernberg, Cornell University, Personality Disorders Institute at New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Jonathan Shedler, University of California, San Francisco; Dr. Glen Gabbard, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, etc.


  • Certified in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management), specialised training in psychological crisis interventions with individuals and groups, along with further training in treatment of complex PTSD, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) & University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)​​​

  • Continuous education in expressive arts since the 80s; application of dance, drama, poetry, art, and music in human development; movement therapist in several clinical institutions

  • Over a decade of international experience in career counselling, leadership development, executive coaching and assessment along with experience in senior leadership roles in corporate environment: it includes clients and organisations from such industries as Mental Health, Healthcare, Education, Publishing, Automotive, Innovation, Start-ups, Food & Beverage, Maritime, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Chemical Manufacturing, Insurance, Banking, Consulting, Creative & Performing Arts, Legal, Information Technology, NGOs

  • Qualified assessor and psychometric test user certified by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and member of the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (BPS RQTU); postgraduate training in assessment processes with Athabasca University, Canada

  • Online counselling / teletherapy

  • Multilingualworking in English, German, Russian and Ukrainian, good understanding of French

  • Counsellor at EAP Teale 

  • Supervisor with the Swiss foundation Pro Juventute for psychologists / counsellors working with children, youth and families affected by the war in Ukraine

  • Crisis counsellor for the affected by the war in Ukraine with Nilo.Health


  • Volunteer therapist of the Lebanon initiative of Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles (GATLA)

  • Qualitative research in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy; peer-reviewer of Taylor & Francis and APA journals

  • Certified in conducting Hogan and NEO personality assessments

  • Certified Professional Coach (College of Executive Coaching, USA)Certified Gestalt Coach, Certified Systemic Team Coach (Academy of Executive Coaching, UK).

Membership in Professional Associations

  • Professional member in good standing of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), American Psychological Association (APA, International Affiliate), Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39 of The American Psychological Association)Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN), the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP, Blog Commissioning Editor), Vice President of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Switzerland 2015/2016

Publications and Presentations

  • Braun, N. (2022, August 31–September 2). Influence of Dance on Embodied Self-Awareness and Well-Being: An Interpretative Phenomenological Exploration [Conference session]. International conference Movement: Brain, Body, Cognition, La Sorbonne University, Paris, France. 


  • Braun, N. & Kotera, Y. (2021). Influence of dance on embodied self-awareness and well-being: An interpretative phenomenological exploration. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.


  • Braun, N. (2021, March 6). Influence of Dance on Embodied Self-Awareness and Well-Being: An Experiential Workshop [Conference session]. Annual conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, online.

  • Braun, N. (2021, January 25). Stress and Anxiety Management: Creative Techniques for the Pandemic and Beyond. [Workshop]. Swiss Association Women++, online.

  • Braun, N. (2020, September 11). Influence of Dance on Embodied Self-Awareness and Well-Being: An Experiential Workshop [Conference session]. Annual conference of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, American Counseling Association, online. 

  • Braun, N. (2020, June 7–9). Influence of Dance on Embodied Self-Awareness and Well-Being: An Interpretative Phenomenological Exploration [Conference session]. Annual conference of the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP), Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, United States. (Conference cancelled)

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