DIRECTOR, KIDS RECONNECT
Natalie Bergman is a child psychologist in Calgary
who uses her caring heart Superpower to connect with children
in healing heart-to-heart conversations.
Natalie’s Superhero Story
Before your first session, you can share this story
with your child. Parents can also scroll below
to read about Natalie’s specialized
child psychologist expertise and experience
in her professional bio.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Natalie. This is her Superpower story (it’s about healing and believing in yourself) and she wants to share it with you.
Natalie had wonderful parents, a family, and all kinds of friends, too. Natalie’s parents believed in her. Her family also believed in her, and so did her friends. She had a Superpower, and they all knew.
“You are a caring, kind little girl,” they would say. “Always believe in yourself, Natalie. You are smart and special; your smile lights up the room.”
That’s how Natalie discovered her Special Superpower: a caring, kind heart. With it, she could tell when someone’s heart hurt. If they were sad and had run out of smiles, she would give them a smile of delight. It had the healing power of kindness—a warm, happy might to make hearts feel all right.
One day, a group of boys and girls told Natalie that her smile was silly and that she was not special. Then she felt a dark cloud of doubt creep into her heart. Her Superpowers were still up and about, but she couldn’t see them, under the dark cloud of doubt. Natalie did not want to smile anymore. She forgot she had Superpowers, and what they were for.
Her Superpowers stayed hidden for a long time.
Until one day…
… while eating a slice of birthday cake, another kind little girl gave Natalie a smile of delight. In a flash, Natalie remembered the healing happiness that her smile could make. The dark cloud of doubt fizzled away. Her smile was back, and it was here to stay! As she grew up, Natalie learned to listen to her inner self. She started exploring her feelings, what she liked to do, what adventures she wanted to have, how, and with whom.
These days, in her spare time, Natalie enjoys painting, baking, and candlestick-making. Her work is helping little girls and boys to believe in themselves and to be themselves. That’s her passion—it’s what she most likes to do. To do that, Natalie, her friend Marcella, and other child therapists have formed the Kids Reconnect team in EmPOWERland.
All the Kids Reconnect therapists have at least one Superpower. And you know what? So do you!
Natalie’s Professional Bio
Natalie Bergman is a child psychologist based in Calgary who specializes in helping parents find a new way of understanding their child’s behaviour and a new way of responding to it. Natalie is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, Registered Play Therapist™ (RPT™) with the Association for Play Therapy (APT), and director of Kids Reconnect in Calgary.
By creating an environment where trust thrives and where all needs are respected, Natalie empowers children to discover their potential. She helps parents learn how to influence their child’s life, working with parents and kids to achieve the positive changes parents would like to see. She loves creating child counselling experiences at Kids Reconnect that feel adventurous, joyful, and fun for kids.
Natalie is passionate about working with children and families and has many years of experience with play-based therapy, which is a natural way for children to communicate. Using her caring heart to connect with children emotionally, Natalie helps children to heal with heart-to-heart conversations.
Using her profound insights into the world of children, Natalie helps parents to understand and connect with their child. She has completed an Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy® with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
She is bilingual and speaks both Russian and English.
Natalie is a Director at Kids Reconnect
With her friend Marcella Galizia, Natalie co-founded Calgary Reconnect Counselling Group (CRCG), assembling a team of therapists with two specialized branches: Kids Reconnect and Couples Reconnect.