Riverwood welcomes behavioral health therapist

Natalie Hughes, LGSW

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce that Natalie Hughes has joined its Behavioral Health provider team as a behavioral health therapist. In this role she will assess, diagnose, and provide psychotherapy to individuals, age 18 and older.

Hughes will use a client-centered and strengths-based approach to help individuals achieve their goals. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and will continue training in additional therapeutic modalities.

Hughes began working in Riverwood’s social services department in 2022. Her background includes working in long term care and hospice. She completed her clinical training at the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program at Essentia in Duluth-Superior.

A Brainerd native and graduate of Brainerd High School, Hughes completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from North Dakota State University and a  Master of Social Work degree from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Currently a graduate licensed social worker, she will be completing clinical supervision to become a licensed independent clinical social worker.

“I am passionate about bringing more mental health services to our rural community,” Hughes said. “I strive to create a safe space where patients can address their mental health needs without judgment to heal and discover their own resiliency. I hope to help people lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives.”

Hughes and her husband, Dr. Chris Hughes on Riverwood’s medical staff for primary care, have two daughters, Grace and Emma, and a new puppy, Mia. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and cooking.