Dr. Natalie L. Winters  

    Licensed Psychologist                                    Motivational Speaker

About Dr. Natalie L.Winters

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DR.NATALIE WINTERS first began private practice in NJ in1983 after receiving her doctorate from Rutgers University.  She had served as senior psychologist at Raritan Bay Mental Health Center in Perth Amboy treating patients with a wide variety of mental disorders. Dr. Winters was also the Center's  liaison pscyhologist to Marlboro State Hospital involved with treatment planning and patient care.

She established Group Psychotherapy Associates in 1985 and employed several associates.  Along with treating her own patients, many of whom were professionals suffering substance abuse,  Dr. Winters also supervised other mental health professionals.    The warm weather called in 1995 and she and her family moved to Tampa, Florida.  She maintained her New Jersey license and frequently journeyed back to run workshops and see individuals as needed.  

While in Florida Dr. Winters ran training groups in psychodrama and group psychotherapy.  Psychodrama is an action-oriented method used in therapy as well as many other situations and settings. She served as an adjunct professor of graduate psychology for Nova Southeastern University for 8 years.  In 2002 she was licensed as a  psychologist and health services provider in North Carolina where much of her family had moved.  Recently she and her husband relocated to Cary where she has begun a private practice for  people 18 and older.
She is a nationally certified psychodramatist, a certified hypnotherapist and a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association.  She is past director of the Institute for Creative Action: Psychodrama Training.  

 Dr. Winters received the 2010 honored J.L. Moreno Life-time Achievement Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. She was the recipient of the 2003 ASGPP Innovators Award for her work in psycho-spiritual psychodrama. She was nominated for the Humanitarian Award by the Tampa Bay Research Institute for 2003 and received an award from Women-N-Tune, Pathways of Hope in 2004.  In 2007,  she received the Professional Service Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.

iDR is a national and international consultant and trainer and  presents workshops and lectures on request.  She created and hosted her own cable television program, "Psychology in Action," for many years and has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs.  

She is member of the American Psy
chhological Association,  a Fellow of the  American Society for Group 

Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and past member of it's executive council.  She is past chairperson of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She sits on the Board of the Moreno Institute East.

Dr. Winters is guest lecturer at colleges, universities and other training institutions, she continues to run a monthly training group in Tampa and a bi-weekly psychodrama training group in Cary, NC.

On a more personal note, she is an avid painter, gardner, and nature lover. She and her husband travel frequently and spend much time with family and friends.

Dr. Winters runs a psychodrama training group for professionals in the triangle area.

s the developer of psycho-spiritual psychodrama, which integrates psychology and spirituality with action methods, Dr. Winters adds a unique dimension to  psychotherapy.  Her powerful approach is tailored for those who seek to reach a higher level of conscioiusness and greater peace of mind.

When a death occurs in a family teenagers are often the overlooked, unsung grievers. One reason is the general attitude teens project-being cool: slumped shoulders, impatience with adults, responses of "I'm fine, nothing, OK. Don't be fooled. Behind the facade is a deeply feeling person not quite able to express what they are experiencing.

In the summer of 2015 I was invited to participate in a retreat for adolescents, thirteen through twenty, who had lost a significant person in their lives. My role was to work with a group of nine teens for a  period of three hours each morning for four days using psychodrama to help them fully experience their grief and move forward. 

On day four, during the closure session  the heartfelt sharing these young people were able to do as to what the retreat had meant to them was extremely moving. It served to underscore the significance of psychodrama and the retreat as a whole. Bonds were formed, friendships made, healing took place.

The focus of the retreat was on the needs of teens related to bereavement and loss through education, counseling and play. The purpose was to help each participant complete what was unfinished in their lives relative to the person who had died so that they could continue on their path to adulthood free of things unsaid, feelings unexpressed and, ultimately,  experience a sense of completion. This meant building a trusting environment where each teen was supported and encouraged to feel like part of a team where they were heard and understood. In such an environment enactment of their issues allowed each participant the unique opportunity to set up a significant scene in order to speak with a representation of the deceased. The action approach allows for high levels of expression  and healing.

Research shows us that grief left unresolved in the young interferes in the formation of healthy adult relationships and good parenting.

The structure of a four day retreat involves a half hour morning fun-related time to establish cohesion followed by three hours of psychodrama, an action method of therapy and education.
Lunch break comes at noon followed by a two hour recreational activity. The day ends with a group gathering to review the events of the day and bring closure. Each participant goes back to their own home.
The day begins at 9:00 and ends at 4:00 with lunch at noon.

Since this is a non-profit project, there needs to be a way of getting funds to pay staff a reasonable salary and pay for lunches,  find a free venue to meet daily and choose and plan daily afternoon activities.
Both staff, two to three skilled, experienced adults plus four volunteers to assist in group meeting and afternoon activities.
are required.
Follow-up phone calls and emails are  part of this program. And a one day gathering mid-year is possible.
My  project is to run just such a group in the triangle area. I have connected with several people who are able to serve as board members. Hopefully, this project will materialize by next summer.

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