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Natalie Gold is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and author. As a graduate of the 4-year Training Program for psychotherapists at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto (GIT), Natalie has over 7 years of Gestalt training, including 2 with the GIT’s Jorge Rosner in the 1980s.

She holds an Honours B.A. in Psychology (Ryerson University, 2011), and a Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health (Durham College, 2012).

In the past, she attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, majoring in Honors English and Theater Arts, and later Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, majoring in Radio/TV Arts.

Professional memberships include: the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists) and the AAGT (Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy).

Natalie has presented the “No!” series of boundary-setting workshops since 2002, on her own and in conjunction with Toronto’s Learning Annex (2002-2003), the North York Women’s Centre (2007-2008), and the Gestalt Institute of Toronto (2007-2009).

Since 2011, she has co-led the “Hungry or not, here I come!” workshop series on emotional eating at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto with colleague and co-creator, Luisa de Amaral.

In 2013, Natalie teamed up with psychotherapist Irina Petrova to co-create a series of women’s workshops on body image (“Love, Hate & Mirrors” – which was presented at Sheena’s Place in Toronto in February 2014 to commemorate Eating Disorders Awareness Week), and on body image and self-esteem (“Vanity & Sanity”).

Prior to Natalie’s work as a psychotherapist, she was a self-employed qualitative research consultant with over 25 years experience facilitating groups and conducting in-depth interviews (mainly for the federal government—including 8 years at CBC).

She wrote a monthly magazine column for 9 years for the professional market research association (MRIA), as well as a book, and also provided moderator training workshops for research practitioners at all levels, including customized workshops for companies and organizations.

Before market research, among a diverse range of activities, Natalie worked as a singer/entertainer in Canada and internationally, on a professional and semi-professional basis (blues, jazz, folk, pop).

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