Natalie RockwellAugust 14, 2018
Behavioral Health & Equestrian Program
Natalie Rockwell, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a licensed advanced practice nurse, who holds a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, and who currently practices as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders, as well as high-risk adolescents. Natalie also has twenty years of experience in caring for women and families in the capacity of a certified nurse-midwife. In this role, she identified and treated a broad range of behavioral health issues, including anxiety and depression, suicidality, addiction, and domestic violence.
Her current scope of practice includes formal psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, prescription and management of psychotropic medications, evaluation and triage of psychiatric crisis, and psychotherapy. Natalie has an eclectic approach to nonpharmacological therapeutic intervention, that draws upon a number of theoretical models, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and humanistic/existential theories. Natalie particularly embraces a trauma-informed approach that acknowledges the significant impact of adverse life experiences upon an individual’s mental health and level of function. She addresses students’ needs on a personalized basis, with an emphasis on genuine caring, interpersonal connection, development of a meaningful, integrated narrative, or “life story;” as well as effective management of anxiety.
Natalie participates in the VVS Equestrian Program, in the capacity of instructor and coach. She is a lifelong horsewoman, and a graduate “A” rated member of the United States Pony Club. She has competed nationally in the equestrian discipline of eventing that encompasses the three elements of classical dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping. More recently, Natalie’s interest has turned from competition to “relational” horsemanship, and to facilitating intentional, mutually beneficial interactions between horses and humans. She is a certified therapeutic riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, an organization dedicated to the provision of safe and empowering equestrian experiences to individuals with physical, behavioral, and mental health disabilities, in addition to teaching able-bodied riders. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.