Natalie Makardish, MA, RYT

Mental Health & Movement Coach

Natalie subscribes to loving ourselves in our darkest spaces; embracing and shifting the strengths of our shadows and empowering our true Self through metaphor and symbolism. Her ‘heartwork’ encourages oneself to explore the relationship of unconscious intentions and unwanted behavioral patterns for a more conscious, balanced and nourished life.

Most importantly, her sessions are about having fun, accessing internal joy and enjoying the given experience within and outside our body. Loving and caring for our body through joyful and mindful movement, allows space for self-resilience, pleasure and peace outside of our movement practice.

When we move mindfully, we:

  • Get our emotions in motion
  • Hone our intuitive awareness
  • Strengthen our overall self-efficacy
  • We synchronize our mind and body toward individuation
  • We amplify our authentic self, thus we are available to feed the starving artist from within.

Natalie is also the founder of Empowered Artist Training and Fit Flow Fusion, a unique curricula and multifaceted kinetic approaches toward empowering her clientele through various healing modalities. Her interdisciplinary background in psychology, fitness, classical dance and theater invites an invigorating perspective toward educating and healing within the fitness, dance and eating disorder recovery communities.

Degrees & Education

  • Master’s Degree, Depth Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology and Dance, Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
  • Yoga Teacher Certification, RYT 200, Embody Truth San Francisco
  • Dance Movement Therapy, Rainbowdance, Sonoma

Training & Experience

Natalie studied Dance, Theater and Psychology at the University of California, Irvine and went on to graduate school where she studied Depth Psychology at Sonoma State University. Her training in Jungian Analysis, Dance Movement Therapy and Sports Psychology compliments her movement repertoire as a movement specialist and mental health consultant. She has instructed and designed mindful-movement curricula for dance academies and fitness studios; facilitated therapeutic groups within intensive eating disorder and substance abuse treatment programs; and sits on two non-profit boards that provide awareness, education and resources for individuals and families who are on their path to healing and recovery from an eating disorder.


Client Testimonials

Natalie is incredible! She’s really helped me make deeper connections between my eating disorder and other aspects of my life. I feel like when I leave sessions with her, I am instantly more relaxed and less anxious. I feel like I am making positive strides toward being the person I want to be, and Natalie has been invaluable in that process. Even just in the few weeks I’ve been seeing Natalie, I’ve noticed my symptoms becoming more manageable. She’s the best!


“Natalie was great and I feel like after having counseling with her, I was able to process everything that I needed to address. Feeling much better now. Lost all the weight that I had initially gained from overeating and am now focusing on health and feeling good. Feel so grateful for my time with her! 100% awesome.


“My experience with Natalie was excellent, though short lived by my choice. She challenged me to understand my issues with food and fat are a mask for deeper issues. I was not ready at this time to dig into what are the underlying issues at play. I’m grateful for the resources and insight she provided during our few sessions together.”


“Natalie has supported me through multiple personal and family-related challenges with kindness and deep compassion. She’s an exceptional counselor, and an extraordinary human being.”

“Natalie has been an amazing support for me during my recovery, and has helped me understand my eating disorder and patterns of behavior really well. She is a gem!”