B.S. Psychology (Texas Christian University)
M.S. Counseling Psychology (Tarleton State University)
Licensed by Texas as:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
LPC - Supervisor
Katie Fleming, M.S., LPC-S
Hello! I am Katie Fleming, a mental health therapist & psychometrician, and founder of Abundant Life Counseling & Assessment Solutions.
I have had the opportunity to work in numerous settings: clinical, forensic and educational. Before opening my own private practice, I was fortunate to have worked for and with some awesome psychologists at their own private practices. During this time I also fulfilled a role as an adjunct Psychology Professor at TCC and Tarleton State University, teaching a variety of Psychology courses. Additionally, I have worked as a therapist for TCU Mental Health Clinic and TCU Disabilities Services. I very much love counseling, coaching and using tools like assessment to aid in the process of helping people grow, thrive and be at peace. Being an agent of support and witnessing the human growth process is an extreme honor for me to be a part of.
As far as my overall theoretical orientation regarding my work, I am a firm believer in Positive Psychology, which is founded on the belief that people really do WANT to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Negative experiences are not discounted here and may be needed to help us learn and grow. I take careful consideration to honor your feelings of pain and discomfort as it helps to be heard.
While the focus here is less on a diagnosis (clinical issues may be explored when necessary) or what is “wrong,” it does involves learning how to adapt, cope and be resilient in this day in time, reduce unnecessary distractions and learning how to explore and engage in the things that we are passionate about. Therefore, a key goal in therapy or other work is to work towards fostering and actively creating these qualities/strengths/behaviors and to raise awareness to the fact that we all have the freedom and responsibility to create the kind of life which makes us feel fulfilled.
I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which involves restructuring negative or limiting thought patterns that lead to different or more positive behavioral outcomes. I believe that our thoughts and what we are repeating to ourselves on a daily basis can have a tremendous influence in our lives! When looking at negative thought patterns about the self with my clients, I often ask “would you say these thoughts/statements to someone you care about, support and love… ?” and quite often the answer is “NO!” So this is something I aim to help my clients change and to help them work on restructuring their thoughts to include positivity, encouragement, and self-love.
Additionally, I often utilize Mindfulness-Based Approaches and tools which aim to reconnect us with ourselves, alleviate stress, distraction, and suffering in our day to day activities, since a lot of the times we tend to run on auto-pilot (a societal epidemic? perhaps?) Mindfulness helps us to feel more attuned to our emotions, thoughts, bodies and become much more aware of ourselves both mentally and physically. It also helps us to live in the moment as opposed to the past or future, which tends to be a breeding ground for stress, depression, and anxiety. The beauty of a Mindfulness-based approach is that it comes with a variety of applicable tools that dovetail quite well with anxiety management and mood regulation.
When there is a need to “dig a bit deeper” I also refer to Attachment Theory and Depth Psychology. Attachment psychology can involve looking at maladaptive patterns we possibly developed at a very young age, root issues and/or stuck-ness." While depth psychology can transcend much deeper and look into the more mystical aspects of our being that may involve our subconscious and imagination. I also tend to find "Insight Oriented Existential Therapy, of particular importance as it involves taking a "real look" at the "big picture" in regards to our lives and our experiences and working towards fostering some kind of meaning behind it all and through perpetuating more experiences or experiential processes.
Additionally, I am a firm believer that psychological factors can affect our physical health directly and vice versa. Therefore, I am a huge proponent of Health-Based Psychology and Practices as well. Simply put, if your health and the habits you in engage in on a daily basis are poor, yes, it can make you feel bad mentally and emotionally. For instance, studies with anxious folks have shown that subjects who were instructed to just eat a high protein diet versus taking an anti-anxiety medication, exhibited a higher rate of symptomatic alleviation than the participants who took medication alone. We also know of the well-established relationship between working out and mental health and improved cognitive and neurological functioning.
Matters related to social psychology, the social environment, our relations with others and social systems at large may also be applied in session.
I believe a trusting, open, and "therapeutic relationship" based on authenticity is paramount! I also enjoy interjecting humor and creativity into sessions as well.
I am very grateful to be walking a path of humble service and support and to be able to those on their own journey of healing and transformation.
Outside of my practice, I enjoy reading, live music, outdoor activities, yoga, working out, photography, gardening and spending time with loved ones. I very much love traveling and love learning about different cultures, attitudes, beliefs, and perspectives- as I believe we all have something very valuable to teach each other. And lastly, in my spare time, I enjoy creating "therapeutic guided meditations" on my website Freedbirdmeditations.com as a tool for healing, stress reduction, and peace.