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Natalie Bergman, MA, RPsych

Director, Kids Reconnect

QUALITIES

  • Empathy

  • Courage

  • Playfulness

  • Confidence

  • Creativity

  • Warmth

  • Listening

  • Positivity

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A teen in a counselling session with a therapist
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Attention Parents
Before your first session, you can share this story with your child.

Natalie’s Superhero Story

Natalie uses her caring heart Superpower to connect with children in healing heart-to-heart conversations.

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. A dark cloud of doubt crept into her heart. Her Superpowers were still up and about, but she couldn’t see them, under that 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—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 Caring Companions have formed the KR Crew. They all have at least one Superpower. And you know what? So do you!

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Natalie’s Professional Bio

Natalie Bergman is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist™ (RPT™) with the Association for Play Therapy (APT), and director of Kids Reconnect. Her specialty is helping parents find a new way of understanding their child’s behaviour and a new way of responding to it.

By creating an environment where trust thrives and where all needs are respected, Natalie will empower your children to discover their potential. She can help you learn how you influence your child’s life and work with you and your child on achieving the change you would like to see.

Natalie is passionate about working with children and families and has many years’ experience with play-based therapy, which is a natural way for children to communicate. Using her caring heart to emotionally connect with children, Natalie helps children to heal with heart-to-heart conversations. She is bilingual and speaks both Russian and English.

Natalie Bergman and Marcella Galizia co-founded Calgary Reconnect Counselling Group (CRCG), assembling a team of therapists with two specialized branches: Kids Reconnect and Couples Reconnect.