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

The Power of Letting People In

The Power of Letting People In

I’m not sure about you, but more often than not, I get all worked up when I need to share something vulnerable with someone. With vulnerability, there is often a level of fear.  My default is to create a story of how everything will pan out before it all begins--I go...

Knowing Your Needs

Knowing Your Needs

Feeling "needy" is my worst nightmare -- I fear being "too much" or too dependent. Somewhere along the line, I started believing this faulty narrative that being "needy" is a bad thing. It's been a pretty ingrained narrative for the better part of my life, and it...

The Freedom of Saying ‘No’

The Freedom of Saying ‘No’

Written by therapist Natalie HuIf you’re anything like me, a ‘yes’ is much quicker to roll off my tongue than a ‘no’. Often, I regret that response if I haven’t had a chance to really think about what I need and what my limits are. This leaves me spending way too much...