Katie’s Therapeutic Approach
I am a strengths-based, person-centered, and integrative therapist, but what does that really mean? Therapy can be nerve-wrecking due to the fear that you may be seen as someone who needs to be “fixed.”
As a strengths-based therapist, I work to emphasize your strengths and remind you of your talents, skills, and positive qualities. Before we begin to dive into what can be worked on or improved, I will always note what you are good at and what you continue to thrive in.
When acknowledging strengths throughout therapy, it is my hope that you can then identify your strengths on your own, eventually leading to an increase in your self-esteem and self-acceptance.
Being a person-centered therapist means that many of my decisions in therapy come from the following question: what is healing for this specific person sitting across from me? It is extremely important and necessary for me to work towards understanding your life from your point of view, and I therefore incorporate empathy, unconditional positive regard, and authenticity into each session so self-exploration feels safe. I am a therapist who recognizes that each individual is unique and comes from different life experiences, struggles, and realities. I also acknowledge that many may need help in moving towards openness, and self-direction. I believe you are the expert of your life and I work alongside you throughout the therapeutic process.
We all come from different backgrounds and places, which is why I identify myself as an integrative therapist, meaning I utilize different theories from psychology to find which ones best suite you and your process. With each client I see I draw from certain theoretical approaches I believe can best guide them to reaching their goals. The following are common therapies I use, and a short description of each therapy is included. (Please click below)