About Natalia Braun, MSc

Therapy is too good to be limited to the sick.

Dr. Erving Polster

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​Training and Experience
  • Full-time private practice in Switzerland, registered to provide psychological counselling for private clients

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

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

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

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

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

  • Multiple years of continuous education in contemporary psychoanalysis, gestalt and trauma-informed expressive arts therapies with Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, US, Trauma Informed Practice Institute, CA, Canadian National Centre for Dance Therapy, Montréal, Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, US, clinical seminars on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and supervision, personality organisation and disorders with Dr. Nancy McWilliams, Rutgers University, US

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  • 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)

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  • Online counselling / teletherapy

  • Multilingualworking in English, German, Russian and Ukrainian

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

  • Counsellor at Nilo.Health, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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) as well as American Counseling Association (ACA) and its division Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)

  • Member of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP), Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN), International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (IAAGT), Gestalt Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA), International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET), the BPS (MBPsS), American Psychological Association (APA, International Affiliate), Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP), 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, September 15–17). 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. https://www.movementis.com 

  • Braun, N. & Kotera, Y. (2022). Connecting dance, Gestalt and indigenous embodiment practices for mental health. Manuscript submitted for publication.

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  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2021.1924910

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  • 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. https://www.awpsych.org/2021_conference.php

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

  • 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. https://www.creativecounselor.org/conference 

  • 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. http://sqip.org/sqip-2020-annual-conference/ (Conference cancelled)