Natalie Hu, LPC

Therapeutic Orientation & Techniques

Gottman Couples Theory

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Areas of Specialty

Anxiety & Depression
Dating Relationships
Communication & Conflict Resolution
Women’s Issues & Postpartum Care
Life Transitions
Disordered Eating

Academic Background

M.A. in School Counseling, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

B.S. in Elementary Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Locations: Virtual Illinois 

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

You have a unique story.

There are probably some parts you love, some parts you wish you could rewrite or remove entirely, and other parts somewhere in between. You may find difficulty navigating past painful experiences, a relational struggle, anxiety, a big life transition, your spiritual identity, depression, or another challenge. Wherever you find yourself, choosing to engage rather than avoid the hard parts of your story can bring newfound beauty amidst brokenness. In your areas of pain, the thought of inviting someone into the depths of your experiences can feel really scary. When you courageously open up, however, it can bring both freedom and healing. 

In therapy, we will work together to build a trusting relationship that allows you to fully show up as you are. It can feel isolating to navigate life on your own, but together we will process the complexities of life and find productive ways to help you move forward with clarity and confidence. There is an innate desire for connection and belonging is in all of us. At our core, we all want to feel heard and to be known. Through a client-centered approach, we will work to create healthy patterns that can start the healing process and help you live into your full purpose and potential. 

In my own journey with counseling, I have experienced the power of the therapeutic relationship. By unpacking the different parts of my story, I was able to experience freedom and healing and, ultimately, become a healthier version of myself. I was empowered with tools to authentically engage with myself and others.  I am confident that those who are willing to put in the work, sometimes hard or uncomfortable work, can be sure that they will experience growth and transformation. It takes great courage to let someone come alongside you on your journey. Thank you for trusting me with your story – I am honored to be part of it.   

Take a step of courage by requesting an appointment today! You don’t have to have it all together. I’d love to join you right where you are and work together so you can experience the joy of living freely and authentically. 

"Natalie has an ability to meet a person right where he or she is and to listen with great empathy. I walk away from every conversation feeling lighter and ready to take the next right step with confidence."

“Natalie shines a light with wisdom and grace on darkened paths; what seemed impossible is now filled with hope. No matter the circumstance or the challenge, she is a source of encouragement and comfort. I always knew that when with Natalie, my words were heard.”

"Natalie helps you find your true self when you may feel it is hidden away- she brings you to a point of clarity through her thoughtful listening and this care that makes you feel so comfortable and ready to move towards a better self."

"I would recommend Natalie to anyone looking for support when life feels overwhelming. Our time together was foundational and so helpful for me as I move on in my life."

Articles by Natalie

Pace, Place, and Perspective

Pace, Place, and Perspective

Change of Pace It’s been 7 months of living life in the middle of a pandemic and, because of that, most of us have naturally experienced a change of pace. Our day-to-day rhythm has changed due to the unknown and ever-changing nature of COVID. Going places has been...

It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village

The phrase “it takes a village” has always been a bit cliche to me. Yet, ironically, I’ve found myself saying it more the past 9 months and truly believing it. I had my first child 9 months ago and was thrown into a crazy adventure. I had friends share their...

Conflict Management

Conflict Management

Conflict is unavoidable. It appears at the most inconvenient times and can feel really unsettling, huh? Some of us are more comfortable with conflict than others, but at the end of the day, we will all face conflict in our relationships, in our workplace, and in our...