Klara Natalia Granger, LCSW
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Klara Natalia Granger

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Nat Granger is a cheerful, cat-loving pansexual who has extensive experience with polyamory and open relationships, navigating the complexities of gender and other intersectional identities, and supporting individuals with deep-rooted trauma that extends back to childhood. She loves to support individuals with diverse abilities and identifies as a "spoonie" with a health-at-every-size mentality.
Specialties
General Mental Health
LGBTQ
Trauma & PTSD
Finances
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$140-200
Sliding Scale
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UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Cigna
Oscar
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“I include a lot of evidence-based assessments as part of my work with clients; this helps us monitor progress and also makes sure we cover all the important stuff about your symptoms. (checklists are my thing!).”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my educational journey in sociology and social work at the University of Southern California. I then came back east to New York in 2012 for graduate school at Columbia University and I've been here ever since. I've worked in a variety of contexts, especially the public mental health sector. I moved upstate to Schenectady, NY in 2020 and am now serving the Capital Region with my integrative approaches to care. I'm passionate about researching evidence-based methods for each individual client who comes to me and I'm a voracious learner.
What should someone know about working with you?
I include a lot of evidence-based assessments as part of my work with clients; this helps us monitor progress and also makes sure we cover all the important stuff about your symptoms. (checklists are my thing!). I believe the best therapy is therapy that gets concrete results and my goal is always to help clients remember who they truly are or figure out who they truly are (depending on where they are in their identity journey).
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have about twenty different programs I want to complete at any given time! At this point, I've completed intensive training in the following areas: Dialectical behavioral therapy, EMDR, group therapy, behavioral activation (based on cognitive behavioral methods), and more. The next critical areas where I hope to develop enhanced competency include ADHD and other neurological conditions as well as biofeedback.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I provide inclusive therapy; this is critical to me as a person who identifies as being fat, disabled, queer, and non-Christian. My work centers around supporting improved outcomes for anyone who comes to work with me, regardless of background or identity. I strive to perform "location of self" and be race-conscious, particularly as the stepparent to two vivacious biracial girls.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I love DBT — I describe it as "CBT but with the kitchen sink thrown in!" DBT's ethos is very much aligned with my own as a practitioner. Marsha Linehan is a peer who suffers from mental health challenges and so am I. I think bringing that to the therapeutic relationship is really valuable.
“I believe the best therapy is therapy that gets concrete results and my goal is always to help clients remember who they truly are or figure out who they truly are (depending on where they are in their identity journey).”
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