• Natalie Smith, MSW, LCSW, MFA

    Natalie Smith, MSW, LCSW, MFA is Executive Director of Awake and Aware, LLC. Natalie has been providing trauma specific care via our fully adherent adolescent and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the Albuquerque community since 2008 and views it as a calling. Natalie overseas both the administrative and clinical direction of the agency and was intensively trained in DBT via B-Tech in 2008.


  • Natalie is also trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Lucid Body and is currently training in PACT. (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy). She uses a somatic oriented approach and incorporates creativity, visual expression and spiritual relationship in her treatment. Natalie is passionate about integrative care and whole person healing.

    Prior to opening Awake and Aware, LLC, Natalie served in numerous capacities including supervisor over the implementation of a DBT program for a community mental health agency, creating a template for adapting DBT to Treatment Foster Care systems, creating/coordinating a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and supervising an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs (IOP) substance abuse program. Natalie has taught DBT skills to individuals, groups and treatment foster care families and provides supervision to clinicians

    Natalie is driven to collaborative community driven work and outreach to underserved populations. Natalie has taught at both University of New Mexico (UNM), New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on issues of racial/cultural identity formation, social work practice and cultural studies. She has also taught curriculum enhancement through the TRIBES program and most recently presented at the LEAD conference. She has spent the last 12 years committed to the effective and compassionate delivery of services in outpatient settings to adults, adolescents and their families. 

    Natalie is also a practitioner of Vipassana, a non-sectarian meditative/mindfulness tradition which means "to see things as they really are". It is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. . Natalie completed a 10 day silent Vipassana course in Texas in 2012 and is committed to ongoing practice.