Grateful to those who have allowed me to share in their healing process.
-Dr. Natalie D'Annibale
Dr. Natalie is someone who truly cares deeply about her patients. She takes a kind, yet true and realistic approach to the hurdles we face in life.
As a young man in his mid 20's, I've been faced with many types of issues such as addiction, family problems, relationship discrepancies, and Dr. Natalie has truly been the compass that has helped me through many storms without fail.
She has provided a framework for a mental mindset that makes me feel unbeatable, yet humble in my successes and grateful in my losses.
Executive Assistant / Sober Companion
I have spent a combined 2 years 4 months and 18 days of my life in a treatment center, detox or IOP. It was in one of these treatment centers, nine years ago, that I met Dr. Natalie.
In my addiction I could manipulate anyone. I had medical doctors who knew I was an addict writing me opiate prescriptions in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
I also ran circles around my previous therapists… BUT NOT Dr. Natalie.
She has seen me in my active addiction and I promise it wasn’t easy for either of us.
Dr. Natalie “sees” me, listens to me, laughs with me and has guided me for the last 5+ years of my sobriety.
I was addicted to opiates / heroin for 17 years… there is no way I would have my life exactly as it is today without Dr. Natalie.
I have struggled with addiction and substance abuse for the entirety of my adult life. After another relationship was failing, my fiancé and I chose Natalie for couples counseling.
While she helped us try to fix that relationship, she told me I needed to end the relationship and ultimately, we did. She was such an amazing sounding board for me and my ex that we both asked if we could keep seeing her individually and she was gracious enough to oblige.
I feel like Natalie saw through my BS and was able to communicate with me in a way that could cause change. It wasn’t easy for me, and I started and stopped therapy with her multiple times over the past six years.
Where Natalie excelled as a therapist for me was her willingness to hold a metaphorical mirror up and really show me what was going on and what I wasn’t fully seeing. It was her help and support that have allowed me nearly two years of sobriety. Her constancy and honesty have been the biggest help. Her positive approach to life and humor don’t hurt either.
I had fought life and myself so long I had exhausted myself. I finally listened to her, and I stopped drinking because she told me that was ultimately holding me back from the change I really wanted in my life. I had to get out of my own way.
It was by doing this that I was able to really take her advice to heart and my life is demonstrably better. Since quitting drinking Natalie has helped me curate the life I want.
Natalie is authentic and no-nonsense. I have been in and out of therapy for nearly 20 years and it wasn’t until I received her feedback that I was able to see the forest for the trees and accept what I needed to change.
Writer / Presenter
I turned to Natalie D’Annibale after suffering from a pregnancy loss while in a highly toxic and verbally abusive partnership. Right off the bat, she told me I needed to leave my relationship, but it’s not what I wanted to hear at the time, so I decided to figure things out on my own.
Nearly two years later, I returned to Dr. Nat after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis during a divorce from that same relationship. This was right before Los Angeles locked down during COVID.
Feeling I had nowhere to turn, I finally admitted I needed therapy, especially while dealing with a potentially terminal diagnosis. Luckily, I got through it. I went from being on disability to unemployment to eventually getting my career back tenfold. To this day, I’m so beyond grateful for her help.
I looked forward to each and every one of those sessions talking with Dr. Nat. Not only was she sharp and extremely knowledgeable, she also helped me — when appropriate — laugh through my pain. This is not everyone’s style of getting through life’s sometimes wicked curveballs, but it has always certainly been mine and she sensed that I was a bit more rambunctious than most. She adapts to what works for you.
Dr. Nat is a strong, warm presence who is empathetic with her patients and passionate about helping people overcome mental health challenges and addiction patterns — tough when needed and softer when discussing more delicate topics. Overall, she is engaged throughout every moment of the discussion, provides excellent guidance in all areas of life, and is a true force in the mental health field.
I am now a proud survivor and women’s health activist who has made it my mission to help others suffering. I turned my life around with the help of Dr. Natalie D’Annibale, who has also inspired me to consider a professional career in mental health counseling.
Marisa Sullivan is a full-time writer for PEOPLE.com with credits in The New York Times, Reuters, Variety, Today.com, Us Weekly, and Los Angeles Magazine.
Turning to health writing while healing from her cancer journey, Marisa has written nearly 1,000 articles for SurvivorNet.com and the cancer community. As a presenter, Marisa has covered Variety’s Power of Women event with E! News and hosted an online show Bare by Giddy, discussing mental and sexual health topics with celebrities and fellow advocates for Giddy’s health site.
Marisa recently moderated a panel for Women Who Rock x Gibson, discussing women’s health topics with members of The Recording Academy and other prominent women in music. She now resides in New York City and just launched her own organization, Breast Cancer Bandit, to help newly diagnosed patients in need of financial assistance and peer support.
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Licensed Therapist in Private Practice
Natalie is an experienced therapist. She specializes in working with addition, sobriety, dual diagnosis, sex and love relationships, marriage, multicultural, empowerment in life, transitions, complicated bereavement, grief and loss.
After years of working together in a group practice, I have found a devoted and trusted colleague in Natalie. She is sincere and honest with a strong commitment to her patients' wellness and mental health.
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