About Natalia Braun, MSc

Therapy is too good to be limited to the sick.

Dr. Erving Polster

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Creative Counsellor and Therapist with Profound Expertise in Applied Psychology

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

  • Multiple years of continuous education in gestalt therapy, trauma-informed expressive arts therapies and contemporary psychoanalysis with The Society of Analytical Psychology, UK, Postgraduate School of Gestalt Psychotherapy Istituto di Gestalt HCC, Italy, Pacific Gestalt Institute, US, 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, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, US, clinical seminars 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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  • Counsellor at Nilo.Health, Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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

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

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

  • Over a decade of international experience in career counselling, coaching and assessment: 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), International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (IAAGT), 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. (2021). Connecting dance, Gestalt therapy, and indigenous embodiment practices for mental health: A commentary on Braun and Kotera (2021). 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)