Welcome to “On the Couch” — a series of Q&A sessions where you get to know the human side of our amazing staff at Well Clinic.
We hope this helps you find a therapist you can connect with, so you can work on your wellness together. This week, we chatted with Nathalie Olson-Studler, an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
Watching people heal and learn to love themselves in a deeper and more intentional way.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
The diversity of food, people, and languages AND of course Golden Gate Park/Ocean Beach!
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Komodo National Park, Indonesia. I went on a liveaboard for 7-days and dove with giant Manta Rays and schools of stunning tropical fish and crustaceans.
Name five things that are on your bucket list (things to do before you die)
Visit all 7 continents of the world
Learn to play the guitar
Sail around the world
Build my own house from scratch
Hike in the Himalayas
What is your favorite memory ever?
My favorite memory is when my friends and I were randomly and unexpectedly asked to participate in a South Korean reality show, we went ziplining and river rafting in Northern Thailand, this happened while I was traveling with my backpack around Southeast Asia for four months.
Where did you grow up?
St. Paul, Minnesota [Minnesotans are the best, it’s a fact]
What are your favorite quotes?
“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” -Rumi
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Hiking or walking somewhere near the ocean.
What are five albums you’d want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island
Back to Black (Amy Winehouse)
Próxima Estación: Esperanza (Manu Chao)
Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
Currents (Tame Impala)
Musique, Vol. 1 (Daft Punk)
Plastic Beach (Gorillaz)
Legend (Bob Marley and The Wailers)
Where was your last vacation?
Yellowstone National Park, I got to see the Grand Prismatic—something I have wanted to see since I was a small child. I felt like a total kid in a candy shop that day.
What cause(s) are you most passionate about?
Ending child abuse, saving the planet, and social justice.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I was a Spanish and English teacher.
Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?
I can speak four languages fluently (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese)
What is your favorite sports team?
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
What is your favorite food?
Cheese, cheese pizza, and burritos!
What is your favorite beverage?
Oat Milk Lattes and/or Kombucha.
What is your favorite book?
The Body is Not an Apology by: Sonya Renee Taylor
What is your favorite movie?
Amelie, Moana, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Forest Gump
What was your favorite toy as a child?
My blue Razor scooter.
Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.
LUNA! My smart, sassy, and loving tabby kitten of 7 months.
When are you at your most creative?
I am most creative among inspiring, wise, and insightful people. I am also a night owl and get very juiced late at night. Otherwise, I am ALWAYS creative after coffee!
What motivates you?
Change and pain, watching the pain in our world motivates me to help others heal.
Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.
Georgia O’Keeffe (she taught me to trust my instincts), Notorious R.B.G. aka Ruth Bader Ginsberg (for supporting women’s rights, LGBT causes and racial equality), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (for her hope and belief in grassroots politics, for being a Latina woman and showing others that women are just as capable at standing up for themselves), Michelle Obama (for her truth, honesty, and fierceness), Brené Brown (for her wisdom and research), and Pema Chodron (for promoting awareness in humans, she is so wise!).
Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.
My guilty pleasure is ordering take out food.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
My first job was working at a doggy daycare.
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
I wish I could go on more road trips and spend more time in the pottery studio making ceramics.
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
I have a deep desire to help heal the world at its root… working as a therapist has allowed me to help heal children and the inner children of adults. I also love connecting with people and learning about their stories.
What makes Well Clinic different?
Well Clinic is different because everyone that works in the company is a therapist and/or has worked among therapists! I could hardly believe it when I found out. So glad to be among like-minded people.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a ballerina or a marine biologist.
What is your first memory?
My very first memory was when I was 5 years old during a family trip to visit my relatives in France. We were visiting the Louvre museum one day, when I decided to be a daredevil and walk around the rim of fountain… moments later I had fallen in and was soaked to the bone. It was a happy and funny memory from a hot Parisien summer’s day.
NATHALIE’S APPROACH TO THERAPY
In our work together I will help you develop insight and confidence in order to restore balance and peace in your life. I want you to feel heard, seen, and understood. I am a relationship-oriented, non-judgmental, and transparent therapist that wants to empower you to be your best self by helping you learn to follow your intuition and speak your truth.