Dr Natalie Kladnitski is a Sydney-based psychologist turned online entrepreneur and business coach, who is on a mission to empower driven women to realise their full potential through building a purpose-driven business they love.
We’ve all heard a version of this quote before:
“Find what you’re passionate about and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”
But what I’ve noticed in myself and observed in others, is that when you finally discover what it is that lights you up, you begin to work harder than you’ve ever worked before.
You willingly strap-in and embark on the rollercoaster that is the process of making your dream a reality.
At times it is thrilling, exciting, and makes you feel like you’re truly living the life you were meant to live.
At other times it is confusing, exhausting, overwhelming, and lonely. And although you don’t want to get off this crazy ride, you really wish there was someone there to guide you through the bumpy patches.
Which is precisely what I do – I help driven women feel supported and build resilience to the demands of their ambitious pursuits.
Ultimately, my work is about helping you do the work you love… your way, and feel in alignment with your true potential.
I am a psychologist, researcher, writer, entrepreneur, and coach, and nothing gives me more joy and satisfaction than supporting driven, creative, and multipassionate women with carving out their own path and going after what lights them up.
My Mindset & Resilience Coaching focuses on personal development, well-being, and strategy in the context of building, running, or growing a personal brand and business. I blend the insights from over a decade of psychological training with my passion for human flourishing, positive psychology, female leadership, and mindful business to help women overcome the inner barriers to success and boost their well-being, vitality, and resilience as they work towards achieving their entrepreneurial goals.
My work is about helping you reverse the cycle of self-doubt, comparison, perfectionism, and overwhelm, and create nourishing well-being habits that support you in maintaining healthy momentum as you take steps towards building your dream life, career, or business.
Over the past 12 years of doing what I love, I have learnt a thing or two about embracing who you are, trusting yourself, and persevering towards the vision of a life you want to live.
Now I use my knowledge and expertise to help women like you experience the inner fulfilment and happiness that come from daring to go after your dreams and living in alignment with your true potential.
I am especially dedicated to supporting driven women, because…
I know what it’s like to work extremely hard, yet feel like you’re not getting any closer to where you want to be.
To feel unsure of the path you’re on, yet being unable to shift course.
To know deep down that you are capable of something great, yet feel stuck in self-doubt, comparison, procrastination, and overwhelm.
I also know what it’s like to finally stop seeking permission, approval or reassurance.
To start believing in yourself, trusting your decisions, and doing what feels right to you.
To feel clear, confident, and energized by the challenges you set for yourself,
And to believe wholeheartedly that you are worthy and capable of creating and living the life you want.
I know what it’s like to thrive when going after your dreams, and I am here to help you do the same.
My formal training, qualifications, and experience include:
+ PhD in Online Programs for Mental Health and Well-Being (Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
+ Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
+ Master of Science in Positive Psychology (MSc with Distinction, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
+ Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
Since moving to Sydney in 2014, I’ve worked as an anxiety therapist in one of Sydney’s premier private psychology clinics; conducted mindfulness research in one of Australia’s leading research units for anxiety and depression; and developed online treatment programs for THIS WAY UP – a pioneering, not-for-profit provider of digital mental heath interventions.
In private practice I’ve worked with dozens of men and women face-to-face to help them build resilience and overcome mental health challenges.
As part of my research, I guided over 150 individuals through my online programs, and since their release in 2016, the online mindfulness-based programs I developed have been accessed by over 1,400 people across Australia.
Now I work as an e-health consultant for THIS WAY UP, continue to write scientific articles based on my research, and immerse myself in my online coaching business.
I love all things business and tech, and have been studying the latest in digital marketing, automation, funnels, online course creation, and more. Over the last 3 years of learning how to build my dream business from scratch, I’ve amassed a wide range of knowledge and expertise in what it takes to set up, to run, and to grow an online, service-based business.
My areas of expertise are mindset mastery, habit formation, grit and perseverance, personal effectiveness, psychological well-being, perfectionism, anxiety, and how to start an online service-based business.
I am skilled in the use of Evidence-Based, Cognitive-Behavioural and Positive Psychology Coaching, Applied Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Training and Meditation.
I am also a published researcher with expertise in the area of mindfulness and online interventions, and you can find my publications below.
Online Mindfulness | iCBT | Digital Mental Health
Prior to establishing my own coaching business, I spent four years completing a PhD, specialising in transdiagnotic online interventions for psychological health and well-being. My research focused on the relative effects of online mindfulness training and internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) on symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as the functional transdiagnostic processes shared by these conditions.
As part of my research training, I developed multiple online programs for mental health and well-being, testing their efficacy in randomised controlled trials. In particular, I studied the benefits of online mindfulness training and integrating mindfulness practices with traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for stress, anxiety and depression.
I am passionate about furthering our knowledge about evidence-based self-help and how best to coach people through using effective skills to improve their well-being.
My research has been published in reputable, peer-reviewed scientific journals. I have presented my findings at numerous national and international conferences, and continue to consult on the matters of evidence-based e-health. If you’re a fellow researcher, you can connect with me on ResearchGate.
+ Lead Author Publications
Kladnitski, N., Smith, J., Uppal, S., James, M., Allen, A., Andrews, G., & Newby, J.M. (2020). Transdiagnostic Internet-Delivered CBT and Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Depression and Anxiety: a Randomised Controlled Trial. Internet Interventions, 20.
Kladnitski, N., Smith, J., Allen, A., Andrews, G., & Newby, J.M. (2018). Online Mindfulness-Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression: Outcomes of a Pilot Trial. Internet Interventions, 13, 41-50.
+ Invited Author Publications
Newby, J.M., Mason, E., Kladnitski, N., … et al. (2021). Integrating internet CBT into clinical practice: a practical guide for clinicians. Clinical Psychologist, DOI 10.1080/13284207.2020.1843968
Smith, J., Faux, S., Gardner, T., Hobbs, M.J., James, M.A., Joubert, A., Kladnitski, N., … et al. (2019). Reboot Online: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing an Online Multidisciplinary Pain Management Program with Usual Care for Chronic Pain. Pain Medicine, 20(4).
Loughnan, S., Sie, A., Hobbs, M.J., Joubert, A., Smith, J., Haskelberg, H., Mahoney, A.E., Kladnitski, N., … et al. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of ‘MUMentum Pregnancy’: Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy program for antenatal anxiety and depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 243, 381-390.
Loughnan, S., Newby, J.M., Haskelberg, H., Mahoney, A.E., Kladnitski, N., … et al. (2018). Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for perinatal anxiety and depression versus treatment as usual: Study protocol for two randomised controlled trials. Trials, 19(1).
Watts, S., Turnell, A.I., Kladnitski, N., … et al. (2014). Treatment-as-usual (TAU) is anything but usual: A meta-analysis of CBT versus TAU for anxiety and depression. Journal of Affective Disorders 175C:152-167
+ Talks and Presentations
Kladnitski, N. (2018). Demystifying Mindfulness. Seminar delivered as part of St Vincent’s Campus Research Week, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia, September, 2018.
Kladnitski, N. (2017). Integrating Mindfulness and CBT. Presentation delivered as part of the Symposium titled “Current Status and Future Directions in Internet-Delivered CBT” at the National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy , Sydney, NSW, Australia, October 2017.
Kladnitski, N. (2016). Developing an Online Mindfulness Intervention to Enhance Internet-Delivered CBT (iCBT) for Anxiety and Depression. Presentation at the St Vincent’s Campus Research Week, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia, September, 2016.
Kladnitski, N. (2016). Side-Effects of Internet-Delivered CBT. Presentation at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Melbourbe, VIC, Australia, June 2016.
Kladnitski, N. (2016). CBT versus Mindfulness: Preliminary Results of an RCT Comparing Three Internet-Delivered Treatments for Depression and Anxiety. Presentation at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Melbourbe, VIC, Australia, June 2016.
Kladnitski, N. & Newby, Jill M. (2015). Mindfulness, CBT, and the internet: Pilot trial of a mindfulness-enhanced, internet-delivered program for anxiety and depression. Poster presented at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Conference, University of Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom, July 2015.
Kladnitski, N. & Conner, T. (thesis). The role of dysphoria in the predictions, experience and memory of happiness. Masters Research Thesis, Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Kladnitski, N. (2012, 2013). The Role of Stress in Clinical Psychology. Invited guest lecture delivered to graduate students [Health and Human Behaviour Paper, PSYC 470], University of Otago, Dunedin
Kladnitski, N. & Conner, T. (2013, April). Glass half full or half empty? Investigating the effect of dysphoria on daily experience, memory, and prediction of happiness. Poster presented at the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists National Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, April 2013.
Kladnitski, N. & Conner, T. (2012, April). When the ‘rosy view’ turns blue: Dysphoria flattens the cognitive profile of happiness. Poster presented at the Joint Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, Wellington, New Zealand, April 2012. *Awarded best poster prize
Polak, M., Jones, S., Kladnitski, N., Wenzel, M., Das, S., Perkov, J., & Conner, T. (2011). Positive Psychology in the Daily Experiences Lab. Poster presentation at the Inaugural Conference of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, AUT, Auckland, New Zealand, September 2011.