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This Year’s Mel Feuer Spirit Award

Long-Time Volunteers Continue to Serve as Educators for the Center’s Training Program

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2018 — The Maple Counseling Center (TMCC), one of Los Angeles’ leading non-profit mental health organizations, will present the annual Mel Feuer Spirit Award to Drs. Joseph and Idell Natterson during its annual appreciation breakfast on Wednesday, May 23, being held at the La Gondola Restaurant located at 9025 Wilshire Boulevard.

The Mel Feuer Spirit Award pays tribute to the memory of Mel Feuer, an educator and Community Circle volunteer for 25 years. Presented annually by TMCC, the award honors volunteers and staff members who demonstrate the commitment and dedication for which Mel Feuer was fervently known by his students, fellow volunteers and by all who knew him.

“Our training program is at the heart of what we do at the Maple Counseling Center, and both Joe and Idell have been instrumental in helping make it so successful,” said Marcy Kaplan, CEO of The Maple Counseling Center. “Our internship program attracts graduate students both locally and nationally who are eager to train with our outstanding clinical staff and other experts in the mental health community. The Natterson’s are an outstanding example of two of these individuals, and we are so grateful for their decades of selfless service to TMCC.”

Dr. Joseph Natterson, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has been in private practice fore more than 50 years. In addition to teaching at The Maple Counseling Center, he has served in various faculty and clinical roles, including current positions such as clinical professor, department of psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine; senior attending psychiatrist emeritus, UCLA Medical Center; and training analyst, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute.

An accomplished author who also served as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Joe Natterson is member of several societies, including the American Psychiatric Association (Fellow), California Medical Association, International Psychoanalytic Association and the Southern California Psychiatric Society. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Dr. Idell Natterson, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT, has been in private psychotherapy practice for more than 35 years, specializing in treating individuals, couples and groups. In addition to teaching at The Maple Counseling Center, Dr. Natterson has taught at USC, UCLA and Jewish Family Service. She is a frequent guest lecturer and author of numerous articles on psychotherapy.

Dr. Natterson is a board-certified diplomat in clinical social work, and member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, National Association of Social Workers and Society for Clinical Social Work. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field of social work from UCLA, and earned her Ph.D. from the Sanville Institute.

The Nattersons have lived in Beverly Hills for more than 50 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

TMCC’s annual appreciation breakfast honors all of the trainees, associates and volunteers who help make the Center’s mission possible—to provide mental health services to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The Center’s counselors and volunteers provide more than 40,000 hours of free and low cost mental health care annually to people of all ages.

About The Maple Counseling Center
Founded in 1972, The Maple Counseling Center (TMCC) is a private, nonprofit community mental health center that serves the greater Los Angeles area. The Center’s mission is to provide low cost comprehensive mental health services to adults, children, couples and families, and training for associates and trainees working toward licensure in the mental health field. The Center also collaborates with other community organizations to provide mental health services in underserved areas of Los Angeles County. Open six days a week, TMCC counselors treat a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, family and relationship conflicts, and grief and loss. For more information on TMCC, visit, follow on Twitter @MapleCounseling and like on Facebook at The Maple Counseling Center.


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