Two-time award-winning therapist, relationship expert, and entrepreneur Natasha Oates is transforming families and healing leaders, which she believes will elevate communities in the long run. She advocates for individuals who are known to be the strong one in their family and on the job, knowing quite well that they are often the ones who carry the most burden and at times need support. Knowing from personal experiences that the strongest ones are often the most neglected and overlooked, she is making an effort to reach out to them. Reaching them to care for their emotional health also helps them better lift up their own families and make incredible moves in their careers.
One of Natasha Oates’ strongest attributes as a therapist is her ability to bring troubled couples closer to each other after teaching them to rediscover one another with respect, trust, and a deeper kind of love. She is the founder of The UP Company, which offers counseling services, coaching, and retreats that help with anyone’s need for inner healing. The UP Company has stood in the gap for numerous individuals in dire need of therapy but could not afford to pay. A partnership with local universities, including Liberty University, UNC Charlotte, and NC State University, has resulted in free and reduced-fee counseling services for those who need it the most.
Mostly, people are drawn to Natasha Oates because of her warm and easy-going demeanor, making them feel secure and comfortable to trust her with their greatest struggles in life. In addition to connecting with her clients, she also prioritizes her own needs and personal journey. In doing this, her clients can easily relate to her, seeing that she is also a normal person who is not exempt from life’s biggest blows. This kind of approach allows her to help her clients from the standpoint of someone who has had personal experience on the matter and the proper training to help them process their situation. And over the years, Natasha Oates has successfully employed unique strategies that help her clients heal themselves and their relationships.
Creating her personal brand as a committed therapist was inspired by her own personal struggles in life. Natasha Oates experienced the burden during the 2007 recession that caused her caseload to skyrocket. She reached an all-time high-stress level as she was drowning in her workload. She received very little support from her employer back then, and she eventually discovered she was pregnant.
“Enough was enough. I jumped back into school to pursue my passion for helping others through therapy,” Natasha Oates revealed. “Putting my helpless infant in daycare was not okay for me. This became the catalyst of my decision not to return from maternity leave as an employee but to be able to live and work on my own terms,” she added.
Natasha Oates finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University. She has a Master’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University and is a well-respected Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
With the momentum she has gained over the past years, Natasha Oates is confidently bringing her practice to the next level in the coming years by creating more meaningful experiences for couples and women. She is moving towards providing unforgettable retreats, invigorating conferences, and even date nights for couples who seek to reignite the fire within their marriages. She also looks forward to offering these services on a global scale.
Natasha Oates believes that there is so much work that still needs to be done as a result of the stress brought about by the pandemic. The good news is, people do not need to seek their emotional healing alone. Instead, they can be guided by her effective program and have a life-changing experience that will help them flourish. Ultimately, helping to create a resilient generation that is able to withstand crises is the end goal that Natasha hopes to achieve for numerous people who struggle with their life situations. All it takes is to teach them that it is okay to ask for help.