Natalie G. Thomas LCSW
I have provided mental health treatment services for more than 16 years and am a new practitioner of ERP. I became interested after noticing the number of people in communities of color with previously undiagnosed OCD symptoms as a clinical consultant for a clinic providing mental health rehabilitation program services to Medicaid recipients in the New Orleans metro area.
I have completed ERP intensive training by IOCDF and the Center for Anxiety and Behavior Therapy (CABT). I currently participate in an ERP consultation group with a senior provider in the field who is a current IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board member.
My mental health treatment experience has been mainly in community mental health settings. I’ve been a psychotherapist for a Ryan White agency providing support services to persons living with HIV and later in a high-volume public mental health clinic primarily serving rural Louisiana low-income White clientele. I have provided clinical consultation services to a mental health agency serving low-income Black clientele in the New Orleans metro area for several years. I’ve also worked as a therapist in an inpatient adolescent behavioral health unit. Most of my current treatment services are with working-class Black professionals in a private practice setting.
The majority of my treatment experience has been with people with backgrounds different than my own. I have used much of what I learned from them to guide my current treatment choices.