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Natalie Compagni Portis, PhD

Natalie Compagni Portis, PhD (mft#23584) has been working in public mental health and private practice since 1985. Her work focuses on patients and their families dealing with cancer and other life threatening illnesses, trauma, and traumatic loss. She also specializes in working with parents and children around attachment issues.  Natalie has been a breast cancer consultant and patient representative to the FDA since 2002. She has also been involved with the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program since 1999 as a patient representative. She is a member of the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee of the FDA and has worked with several grassroots organizations locally and nationally, doing outreach and developing policy around breast cancer issues, and other matters of health policy. She has lectured and consults with regard to optimal patient care, and the patient perspective in treatment and research. Dr. Compagni Portis has undertaken research on issues confronting mothers with cancer.  She has been a patient navigator with breast cancer patients, and helped to develop navigator programs at several hospitals. She facilitates groups for young women and mothers with breast cancer, as well as general cancer support groups, and created a resource guide for mothers with cancer.

"I offer psychotherapy through the life cycle and I believe that each of us brings our unique history and experience to each relationship, with our partner, our children, our colleagues, friends, and families. Through dialogue and learning deep empathy and understanding of ourselves as well as our partners, we can learn to trust, heal old wounds and love more deeply, and find deep satisfaction within ourselves and in our relationships.

I offer therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I also facilitate support groups in several locations for people going through cancer. I offer treatment for those dealing with life transitions of all sorts, loss, and grief.

I work with women in business and offer founders therapy for those dealing with the issues and demands of starting and ramping up new companies."


  • Grief
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Parenting


Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders



  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian


  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer in the Family
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Client Focus


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)



  • Cancer

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