Natascha Lawrence (she/her/hers pronouns) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor and is a Somatic and Attachment-Focused EMDR trained practitioner. Natascha is a multiracial POC of mixed Asian ancestry and a first-generation Canadian settler.
Natascha specializes in working with neurodivergent children, youth, and adults, particularly folx with FASD. Natascha also specializes in supporting folx who have experienced complex trauma.
With over 15 years of experience, Natascha has experience working with folx across different modalities, including inpatient child/adolescent psychiatry, child and youth mental health, schools, community non-profits, and addictions treatment programs.
More importantly, Natascha is a caregiver to an amazing child diagnosed with FASD.
When Natascha started working as a Registered Clinical Counsellor, she was deeply surprised and disappointed to find that traditional programs do not meet the needs of folx with neurodiversity and/or complex trauma.
Natascha founded FASD Counselling to provide the services she could not find.
Some therapy modalities prescribe interventions that do not work for folx with neurodiversity and/or complex trauma. FASD Counselling and Consulting focuses on meeting folx where they are and providing interventions that focus on lifelong holistic healing.
Natascha chose to name her counselling practice to provide a place where folx with FASD could feel comfortable to speak about their experiences and find specialized support.
FASD Counselling, with an office in Vancouver and serving the Greater Vancouver region and beyond with nature-based and virtual sessions, acknowledges the privileged to work on the traditional and unceded territory of Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, Khowutzun, and numerous Stó:lō Nation. This is the land of my husband and son. The land of their ancestors. The land that was stolen.
Family Advocacy Support and Direction.
The logo represents my family.
Incorporating traditional Chinese symbols of partnership, children, breath, balance, and abundance while honouring Coast Salish art and using colours invoking water and earth, the logo harmonizes my intersectionality.
This is the aim I have for each of all folx.