Katie’s Specializations

I am an integrative, strengths-based, and person-centered therapist, who works with individuals, children, couples, and families. I work to create a warm, inviting, and supportive environment for each and every client I see, and I value empathy, authenticity, and genuineness as a part of the therapeutic process.

I specialize in gender and sexual identity, giftedness, and high sensitivity, although I still do see clients from various backgrounds and experiences. I have vast experience working with families and children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and commonly work with that population as well.

I often work with people who struggle with isolation, hopelessness, emotion regulation, anxiety, low self-esteem, and identity development, and I strive to help every client I see reach their therapeutic goals.

Look more closely at the tabs below to learn more about my approach to psychotherapy, giftedness and high sensitivity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and gender sexuality, in order to learn more specifically about what I can offer you.

To learn more about my theoretical approach and what methods I draw from to guide my practice, click here.

 

Psychotherapy

Therapy with individuals, couples, children, and families are all approached in a unique and different way. Below are details about common reasons people seek services, and what certain services can offer you. Please click below to learn more.

Individuals

Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, angry, or simply overwhelmed with life or a life event, individual therapy can help you learn to manage and cope with what you are experiencing. When beginning therapy, I will help you identify and explore important parts of your life, and note themes or patterns that may present. Significant events from our past can perpetuate into our future, forming the way we view the world, and it is my goal to help you process these experiences while beginning to see your life, and yourself, in a new and brighter light.

Couples

Relationships are difficult, especially the intimate ones we tend to focus on the most in our lives. If you are in a committed relationship, newly engaged, partnered, or have been married for years, couples therapy can help you both learn better communication skills in order to begin listening, understanding, and bonding with your partner at a higher level. Furthermore, couples work can begin to tease out how our attachments in the past inform the way we attach to our significant other in the present. We will work to process past attachments and misattunements in the relationship in order to build a more secure and loving connection with your partner today.

Children

Whether they are a young child, adolescent, or teenager, your child may be struggling with how overwhelming life, relationships, and expectations are. Young children may need play therapy due to a traumatic event in their life, or even to explore their attachment to their family.

Adolescents and teenagers often need space to express the anxiety, sadness, and frustration that may come when beginning to develop into an adult. Our world places a lot on children and children often feel very powerless, therefore in therapy I will work to help your child connect to their emotions, identify their strengths, explore their life goals, and develop strategies to achieve these goals.

Families

Now a days families come in all different shapes and sizes, and may seek therapeutic services due to a significant event, such as a death, marriage, or divorce, and/or in order to increase communication and the feelings of connectedness within the family.

When seeing a family, I work to process and explore how the family has functioned in the past, and what rules, boundaries, and patterns the family has in order to better understand the family as a unit, and each member individually. In therapy a family can learn how to better express their feelings to one another, how to manage anxiety, and how to function in a way in which each member feels cared for and listened to.

Giftedness

In our world today giftedness is often overlooked and many do not truly understand what “being gifted” means or entails. Giftedness is commonly seen as being academically advanced, but in reality giftedness can come with asynchrony, or advanced development in one area and lower in another, leading many medical professionals to misdiagnosis.

This is where I come in. I enjoy working with the gifted population because I can offer clients exploration and correction of any misdiagnosis, as well as helping those who are gifted process how they are read in the world. I work to aid clients in managing and coping with their deep emotions, while helping to keep them focused on their life goals, rather than becoming overwhelmed in their current struggles.

Those who are gifted may have an intense drive to find a purpose and change the world, and it is this drive that guides how they may identify and what they value, which can feel overwhelming. Perfectionism is also common in the gifted population, and therefore I often work to help clients reduce anxiety, while learning how to increase self-esteem and create obtainable goals for the future.

High Sensitivity

People who live with high sensitivity experience things with more intensity than others, and the term overexcitability is commonly used to describe aspects of the highly sensitive population.

Overexcitabilities come in the following forms:

  • Emotional: having an intensity of feelings
  • Sensual: sensually excitable, extremely impacted by sensory or aesthetic pleasure
  • Psychomotor: having a surplus of energy
  • Intellectual: having an intense passion for learning and solving problems
  • Imaginative: having a creative and lively imagination

Living with these overexcitabilities can be draining, and it is difficult to function when one experiences such intense things. Each form of overexcitability is treated differently in therapy with the goal often being to better a person’s daily living and emotional well-being.

In addition to overexcitabilities, some who identify as highly sensitive have sensory processing issues, which affects specific senses such as sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste, as well as possibly having issues with movement, balance, and muscle control. Furthermore, some highly sensitive people are diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder in which there is neurological misinterpretation of sensory input.

When it comes to therapy, I can offer the highly sensitive population resources on sensory issues, as well as strategies to reduce and manage anxiety, irritability, frustration, hopelessness, depression, and academic and/or behavioral difficulties. Being highly sensitive can feel overwhelming and unbearable at times, and together we can work on coping skills to manage such feelings.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

As a past therapeutic instructor for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I have worked with children, parents, and siblings in their homes, addressing target symptoms of ASD. As an instructor, I implemented ABA therapy, yet spent a lot of time observing the family system and the effects of having a child with Autism. Currently I now work with high functioning children on the spectrum, parents, and siblings who have been struggling with the reality of this diagnosis, and want to explore ways to manage their life and the lives of their loved ones.

Many of those who struggle with ASD, or are family members of an individual with ASD, often feel grief over the “life lost”, or the life they never fully had. When one is diagnosed with ASD, it changes the family system, and I am here to provide support and healing for those who are affected.

Loneliness, hopelessness, anxiety, and grief are only a few of the symptoms I commonly see with family members of ASD. Parents often grieve the child they imagined they would have, while becoming overwhelmed with all they must do seeking treatment for their kid diagnosed with ASD. While on the other hand, many siblings then struggle with seeking attention and validation from their parents, who are now spending a lot of necessary time on the child with ASD. It feels like a vicious cycle the family cannot break, yet I can help you learn to manage this cycle, and even change it.

When providing therapy to high functioning children diagnosed with Autism, I tend to focus on social skills training, identifying and managing emotions, and exploring coping skills for behaviors. Working with the individual diagnosed with ASD provides me with an opportunity to also assess what other services they may need, and I can help build those connections for the child and family.

As a mental health professional, I know how difficult it is to find someone who understands ASD and can provide help. I am here to fill that disparity in the therapy world, and can assure you that help is available.

Gender Identity and Sexuality

As humans, we are constantly developing and exploring our identity, but living in our world, this exploration can often be shunned. I am someone who enjoys working with those open and brave enough to explore who their authentic self is, and what would make them most happy in life.

If you identify as LGBTQ it can be difficult to find mental health clinicians who accept you for who you are, without judgment and criticism. In addition, the mental toll of living in a society that has only recently attempted to acknowledge the need for equality can be both overwhelming and isolating.

I feel very honored to be able to work with those who identify as LGBTQ, and/or are questioning their gender and sexuality, and I work to help clients address any internalized shame and stigma they may feel.

Therapy cannot only help you explore your identity and how it impacts you, but it can also help you build up your resiliency. You can learn how to cope with and manage your environment in therapy, while also working on how to advocate for yourself and widen your support system.

I am a therapist who will never judge your identity, and I work to create a safe space for you to explore and become your most authentic self.