Natalie Gold

Registered Psychotherapist, RP

BA(Hons), Cert Gestalt Therapy, Cert Mental Health & Addictions

Natalie Gold, RP, specializes in binge eating and other disordered eating concerns (food addiction, weight and body image) and the numerous underlying issues (e.g., anxiety). She has offered groups and workshops in Toronto since 2002. Her book, BINGE CRAZY is available at most online stores.

CAPT Membership Number: 574

Issues I work with

Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Bereavement, Creative blocks, Depression, Eating Disorders (binge eating, bulimia, emotional eating), Grief/Loss, Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies, Relationships/Family, Spirituality, Trauma

My approaches

  • 12 Steps
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy

Training

Gestalt Institute of Toronto

As a psychotherapist and facilitator of personal development workshops and support groups, I use Gestalt therapy as a foundation along with a range of other research-based methods to find the best way to help my clients. Gestalt is basically a relational approach, which means you and I are partners in your healing process. Gestalt is also experiential (and experimental). But if you don't want to try something, that's fine. Gestalt can be fun, so if we can laugh at our humanity, great.

Essentially, I work differently with each person. If you want and like homework, we'll find homework that could move you forward. If you don't, then we won't. If you like to draw, or hold onto pillows during your session, we can arrange that.

My main philosophy:  Each person is unique, and no particular treatment or treatment approach is suitable for everyone. Healing is a process of discovering what works for you.

My book, BINGE CRAZY: A Psychotherapist’s Memoir of Food Addiction, Mental Illness, Obesity and Recovery (changehappens, 2018), available at most online bookstores, focuses on my own efforts to heal and my work with others. It is not the standard “how to” book – but an example of what not to do. It is a daringly honest portrayal of what it’s like to be inside the head and heart of someone who suffers from out-of-control eating, and the zigzag recovery process. Binge Crazy formed the basis for my chapter on severe food addiction for the textbook, Processed Food Addiction, Foundations, Assessment and Recovery (Taylor & Francis), since I met all eleven substance use criteria in the definitive mental health reference, the  DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fifth Edition,(APA, 2013).

Office Location

near Cedarvalie
Eglinton and Allen Road
Toronto, Ontario M6C