We had the good fortune of connecting with Natacha Dalberiste and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natacha, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance; the word everyone strives daily to achieve. At times, it seems impossible and other times it feels like a walk in the park. The way I view balance has certainly changed overtime. In college, I was more free spirited and handled things as they came to me. I had less responsibilities and this allowed me to live life on my terms for the most part. Fast forward to now, I’m a wife, mom of 3, entrepreneur, sister, friend, and everything in between, it can be challenging, however I’ve learned to prioritize and also delegate as needed. I prioritize tasks that need to be completed vs. tasks that can wait. Anxiety can sometimes make us believe that everything is urgent and needs to be done immediately, however those are lies that we must take time to be mindful of. I work with women, and many of them are moms, so this is a daily challenge that my clients process with me. Even with prioritizing and delegating, I can still feel like “I didn’t do enough.” This is where grace and gentleness comes in.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the owner of Dalberiste Counseling & Wellness, a mental health practice for women. I specialize in anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and perinatal mental health (pregnancy/postpartum issues, birth trauma, and pregnancy loss). When I first became a therapist 10 years ago, I didn’t have a niche or a specific population I wanted to work with. However, after experiencing my own pregnancy losses between 2013-2015 and traumatic birth experience with my second son in 2016, I discovered that my purpose was working with women who had experienced similar perinatal issues. Going through those experiences caused me to feel alone, even with the support I received from loved ones. I remember thinking that something was wrong with me and I silently blamed myself for years.

I told myself that I wanted to help women feel like they didn’t have to go through pregnancy/postpartum and other life transitions alone. Being transparent about my story was scary for me because of the shame and guilt attached to my experiences, however I’m glad I turned that pain I experienced into purpose. My transparency has helped so many women get through some of the hardest moments of their lives. One lesson I learned in being transparent and vulnerable is that it gave me the confidence to do other things I was afraid to do, like step out on faith and leave my 9-5 job to work in my private practice full time instead of just part time. The courage of being vulnerable and sharing my story allowed me to be courageous in other areas of my life and I’m thankful for this. My practice is all about helping women, especially Black women, heal, feel heard, supported, and validated. I love helping women prioritize themselves, especially in a world that is constantly demanding of our time, attention, and energy.

This journey of being a full time entrepreneur has not been easy, however I wouldn’t change anything about this process. I remind myself that anything worth having takes time, patience, and hard work. I am learning so much about myself personally and professionally and I’m learning that I don’t have to do it all alone. I have an amazing group of women, I call on for support and we meet weekly for accountability and support. I’m grateful for safe spaces like this because being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
South Florida has so much to do and whatever you want to eat, we have it! I’d definitely take my bestfriend to brunch near the beach like Shooters or Wild Thyme and for dinner. Depending on if she wants live music and dancing, I’d take her to Chwa in Hollywood or Kaluz for a waterfront experience. There are too many options and just talking about this is making me hungry. For some fun activities, I’d take her to do Axe throwing, painting with a twist, or Cake It down in Miami. Whatever we do, we’d have a blast!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dr. Sharette Remickie: She has been an amazing mentor to me and has mentioned my name in rooms I was not in. She recommended me to be a part of a VH1 show where I was able to facilitate group therapy for women who had experienced pregnancy loss. This was an amazing and memorable opportunity. Dr. Remickie’s encouragement and wisdom is absolutely priceless and doesn’t go unnoticed.

Shari Warner, LMFT: She has been a mentor to me for a few years now. She’s taken time out of her busy schedule to teach me about the ins and outs of being a private practice owner. She allowed me to rent space out of her office to see clients in the beginning of my entrepreneurship journey. I can go on and on about what she’s done. She is by far one of the most selfless women I know!

Jonathan Dalberiste, RDH, Realtor: I can’t forget my best friend and husband who supports everything I do. He is my #1 cheerleader and the sacrifices he makes to ensure I am walking in my purpose brings tears to my eyes. He continues to push me and was the one who told me that I needed to stop being scared and start my mental health practice. He encouraged me to do it scared! And I’m glad I eventually did.

Website: www.natachadlmft.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dalberistecounseling

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ndalberistementalhealth03

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