Katie Malone, MA, LPCC, LMFT
First and foremost, thank you for beginning to explore what I can offer you, or your child, and for devoting time towards finding a therapist you connect with. My name is Katie, and I am honored to know that you are interested in learning more about me. Beginning to seek therapy services can be a difficult step to take for some, so I want to congratulate you on beginning this journey towards healing.
While people are often seeking services for many unique reasons, the important thing is to find someone who can meet you where you are, without judgement or critique, so I want to reassure you, and emphasize that you have come to the right place. I invite you to look over this section about me, and other sections (Katie’s Approach and Katie’s Specializations) to get a better understanding of who I am and how I work with my clients. I hope to connect soon and join you in your process!
Pursuing My Passion
I am licensed by the state of California as both a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC4606) and a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT99859), but why both you may ask? Well, I am someone who has always been interested in pursuing my passions to the best of my ability. In the therapy-world that led me to first becoming a LMFT, and then devoting extra time, energy, and experience to gain my LPCC. The Professional Clinical Counseling License is a more nationally recognized license and allows me room to grow in other clinical areas, such as administering assessments, report writing, and career counseling services. While most professionals only gain one license, I strive to learn more and gain further experience as a way to best serve my clients. My value of life-long learning is also seen when I decided to grow in an additional way by becoming a Clinical Supervisor for therapy associates who are gaining hours for their licensure; this is a position I enjoy and take great pride in.
Empathy and Authenticity
As someone who has always valued empathy and authenticity, I felt led towards the therapy field, and eventually specializing in gifted, high sensitivity, and gender and sexuality. I find it so important and so essential for people to embrace who they are and relish in their experience, rather than carry shame or embarrassment with them. I truly understand intensity, deep curiosity, and excitabilities, which allows me to meet my clients where they are at in the moment they see me, and provide them with a sense of safety so they can be their genuine self and process their experiences. I enjoy supporting my clients in understanding and learning more about themselves, which in turn leads them towards flourishing and embracing their life.
Katie Malone is a kind, interactive and strength-based therapist who provides psychotherapy services to those seeking to improve themselves and their outlook on life, and is experienced at treating a spectrum of challenges and disorders.
My Role and Experience: Lead Therapist, Consultant, Clinical Supervisor
I have proudly been a part of the TheraThrive team since 2015 working as both a therapist and a consultant, specializing in gifted, high sensitivity, and gender and sexuality. In this position I also take time to present, connect with, and help educate others on my specializations at local colleges, centers, and schools.
Beginning in 2019 I became a Lead Therapist at TheraThrive which entailed managing clinical matters and concerns, and managing the office space as well. I also support our Director in interviewing and hiring new staff, and supporting staff as needed. In 2020 I became a Clinical Supervisor and I supervise associate therapists who are a part of the TheraThrive team and are working to gain hours in order to sit for their licensing exam.
I am also currently a Subject Matter Expert working with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and supporting them in creating, analyzing, and reviewing licensure examinations for future Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Clinical Counselors.
I earned my M.A. in Counseling at Saint Mary’s College of California, with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy, and professional clinical counseling, and I graduated with honors. I also completed my thesis on PTSD in women with childhood sexual abuse.
Prior to my M.A. program, my love of knowledge, books, and experience led me to earning my B.A. in English at the University of California Berkeley, with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. In addition I spent a semester studying abroad, living in Dublin, Ireland, and traveling throughout Europe.
In the past, I worked through Contra Costa County as a therapy trainee, providing therapy for children, adolescents and families with severe to moderate mental health challenges.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
I was also previously employed by an early intervention organization, where I was an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Lead Therapeutic Instructor for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I trained incoming instructors as well. In this position I lead ABA sessions in family homes, public schools, and clinics, and also helped facilitate social skills groups.
Supporting the LGBTQI+ Community
Before devoting all of my time at Therathrive, I worked part-time at a local community mental health clinic, working with adults, teens, and adolescents who identify with the LGBTQI+ community. Through this position, I have worked at a local high school, devoting time for teens that need direct support, and facilitating group treatment. I also led a weekly didactic training hour and helped to train incoming clinical interns. I am happy to bring this specialization to TheraThrive.
Gifted and High Sensitivity
Once I began working at TheraThrive I found my love and passion for working with the gifted and highly sensitive community. I enjoy supporting those who may feel different, misunderstood, and alone, and I truly get the gifted and highly sensitive experience. Intensity, hyper-focus, need for meaning-making, and anxiety/depression around existential concerns are traits I love working with and flourish in supporting clients with.
A Large Scope
I have experience with a wide range of diagnoses and difficulties such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, identity development, ADHD, adoption, coming out difficulties, divorce, grief, and attachment issues. I find that I thrive and enjoy most working with the gifted and highly sensitive community, those who may identify as being on the spectrum, and people exploring their identity.
Growing up in the Bay Area, I love hiking on nearby trails and, when I have the chance, I like to indulge in my passion for travel. I enjoy practicing yoga, walking, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my rescue cat Mad Max. At the end of the day, I always find comfort and support in spending as much quality time with my loved ones as I can.
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