Therapeutic Methods

I work with people struggling with a variety of life issues, but my specialty is working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related issues. Although my foundation is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I utilize different therapies and techniques depending on the needs of each unique client.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

An action-oriented approach that stems from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clients learn Mindfulness techniques to stop avoiding, trying to control, and struggling with their inner emotions. Instead, they learn to accept that these feelings and thoughts are normal responses to situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

MB-CT combines cognitive behavioral techniques with Mindfulness in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in a nonjudgmental and compassionate way. MB-CBT is especially effective in treating symptoms of depression and anxiety.

About Me

Natika Dawn Shewry, M.A., LMHC, CMHS

WA State License #LH60848162

I have a B.A. in Psychology and Expressive Art Therapies from The Evergreen State College and a Master's degree in Counseling and Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University. I have over 13 years experience in human/social/counseling services. My experience includes agencies such as Kitsap Community Resources, South Sound Family Services, Kitsap Mental Health, and the Kitsap Sexual Assault Center. I have worked with individuals of all ages from a variety of different cultural and religious backgrounds.

I have experience treating depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse/assault, chronic pain, domestic violence, and many other issues. I have a special interest in working with trauma. I also enjoy using expressive art therapies and mind/body techniques.I believe in a holistic, eclectic approach that fits each unique individual, couple, and family. I believe that people are unique and no single treatment approach can be effective for everyone. We will work collaboratively to set goals and find solutions.