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2025   Research Psychoanalyst Student, Newport Psychoanalytic Institute (RPS #281)

2022    M.S., Counseling, California State University, Fullerton

2012    Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Nat Newton, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and therapist-in-training with emphases in psychodynamic psychotherapy and multiculturalism.  She is training at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute as a research psychoanalyst, as well as studying to become a licensed marriage and family therapist at California State University, Fullerton.  Her current interests include the use of psychotherapeutic reiki and psychoanalysis in healing trauma, especially looking at how unresolved unconscious residue can manifest in the body and energetic fields.  She is a certified reiki master and owner of Luminous Reiki OC, under reiki lineage five generations to the founder of reiki.  Nat currently serves as a mental health technician at the in-patient division of the Mental Health Collective in Orange County, CA.

Her anthropological work on Vietnamese lesbian gender and sexuality won three national honors, including a Fulbright grant and an award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA). She was an invited speaker to the Yale University Council on Southeast Asian Studies in 2017 to present on her original ethnographic research on Vietnamese lesbian community organizing in Saigon. As a progressive activist, she worked on Vietnamese American deportations, sexual violence, LGBT justice, and labor rights and unionization. In 2015, she was the main researcher at SEIU Local 721 for this study on the “High Cost of Living for Adjuncts in Los Angeles.” She proudly served on the Board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) in Los Angeles in 2014-2015. She currently serves on the Pre-Licensed Committee of the state-wide California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to advocate for the fair working conditions and professional development of pre-licensed therapists (2019-2020).

Born and raised in Southern California, Nat Newton’s parents are Vietnamese refugees, who changed their last names in the 1980s.

More on her vitae (updated 03/02/20).