Nataly Woollett is a South African therapist who has studied and practiced locally and internationally in the field of trauma and traumatic bereavement. Nataly was trained in psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and in psychology and art therapy at Lesley University, USA. She is registered in the fields of art therapy, play therapy and psychology.
Nataly has particular expertise with child witnesses of domestic violence, gender based violence, incarcerated youth, loss of a parent in childhood, victims of disaster and community violence (including 9/11), immigrant/refugee mental health, as well as HIV infected and affected children and adolescents. Nataly has extensive experience in the field of domestic violence having done pro bono work in domestic violence shelters in JHB and New York City; creating and researching group based interventions for survivors of DV in these settings.
Currently Nataly is employed as Technical Head: Counselling and Prevention at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, of the University of the Witwatersrand, where she manages a multidisciplinary team who offer technical support to NGOs and Departments of Health, Education and Social Development in the strategies of prevention as well as the psychosocial determinants of HIV and poor mental health, which includes continuous and complex trauma. Nataly is committed to educating others regarding trauma and its effects on an individual, family, community and societal level.