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PSYCHOTHERAPY For adults

20190208-Ridglea Village Suite 59 (3 of

Katie offers a compassionate hand to support you in developing the tools to move through challenges and nurture meaningful change.

 

Recognizing the human tendency sometimes to feel stuck, she deeply believes in the transformative power of intentional support and specific resources to help you move through and overcome your challenges. Her expertise is crafted for individuals who seek to work on the following:

  • Developing effective tools to navigate and transform anxiety and depression.

  • Overcoming and finding healing from past traumas.

  • Facilitating a sense of balance in their mood and emotions.

  • Identifying, understanding, and processing their emotions better.

  • Strengthening attention and cognition.

  • Managing academic/work/home life more effectively. 

  • Transforming undesired or unhealthy behavioral patterns and habits.

  • Enhancing well-being and improved health.

  • Feeling more present in and connected to their body.

  • Navigating grief, loss, significant life changes, or transitions.

  • Devising effective strategies for overcoming stress and preventing burnout.

  • Improving relationships and nurturing healthy attachments.

  • Understanding themselves better and gaining personal insight. 

  • Defining, setting, and attaining positive goals.

  • ....and for those who simply need a safe and supportive space to share and process what is going on in their lives with a supportive ally.

Katie's therapeutic approach blends diverse training and interventions customized to your unique needs. Therapy, a collaborative endeavor, thrives on your active engagement and courage, facilitated by a secure space to explore your reactions, thoughts, and emotions about yourself and your life. Please note that Katie exclusively works with adults and offers in-person and online therapy. 

 

With over 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist, Katie has a primary objective: to equip you with essential tools and resources that guide your navigation through life's challenges. Within this journey, you'll strengthen your ability to be mindfully present, effectively identify, process, and communicate emotions in a healthy way, witness and reshape harmful thought or behavioral patterns, develop a deeper sense of self-compassion and support for yourself in the process, and even adopt techniques for conscious regulation of your nervous system. These tools infuse you with awareness, insight, and unwavering support, ensuring you are grounded and resilient in life's challenges so you can experience more adaptability and resilience. 

In her experience, Katie has discovered which techniques and tools have the most profound impact in therapy and can promote ongoing well-being beyond the sessions. While conventional talk therapy, active listening, exploration of past experiences, and processing emotions are all valuable, Katie embraces tangible tools that can be effectively used both during and between sessions.

Her holistic approach acknowledges that life and the human experience are multifaceted. Every individual is unique, and Katie will use her professional judgment to determine the most appropriate strategies for you and how your therapeutic journey will progress and evolve. Her primary objective is to honor and respect your comfort level with the tools and approaches used, working within your window of tolerance and resilience.

Frequently Addressed Concerns 
  • Depression 

  • Anxiety

  • Mood Related Concerns

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Emotional Regulation & Emotional Processing

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-Compassion

  • Attention/FocusADHD

  • Cognitive Issues

  • College-Life Matters

  • Time Management 

  • Setting & Achieving Healthy Goals

  • Stress/Burnout

  • Grief/Bereavement

  • Relaxation Training 

  • Health & Wellness

  • Pain Management

  • Major Life Transitions

  • Adjustment Challenges

  • Career Matters

  • Attachment Struggles

  • Dating

  • Relationship Struggles

  • Divorce

  • Family Issues 

  • Body Image

  • Disordered Eating

  • Addictive Behaviors

  • Finding Purpose and Clarifying  Goals

  • Mindfulness Training

  • Psychedelic Integration

  • Spiritual & Existential Issues

  • Therapy for therapists or those in the helping professions

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COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

CBT assists in identifying thought and behavior patterns, challenging inaccurate thoughts, and fostering new thinking for behavioral changes. Mindful examination reveals the interplay between thoughts and behaviors, allowing the restructuring of automatic thoughts. This is particularly beneficial for anxiety and depression, as it addresses harmful, irrational, and limiting thought patterns. Modifying these patterns yields positive behavioral outcomes, influencing mood, well-being, and perspective shifts.

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MINDFULNESS BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY

Mindfulness boosts self-awareness across our mental, emotional, and physical spheres, moving us beyond auto-pilot and encouraging a compassionate connection with our experiences. It promotes living in the moment, unburdened by past worries or future anxieties, through a lens of non-judgment, curiosity, and kindness towards ourselves. Practicing mindfulness equips us with practical tools for managing discomfort and fostering a life rooted in the present. This approach enhances our inner resilience and supports health and healing, offering a path to a more mindful presence without claiming to be a universal remedy.

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NERVOUS SYSTEM REGULATION

The nervous system is crucial for regulating functions from cellular processes and muscle control to digestion and brain activity. Recognizing signs of stress involves tuning into physical symptoms of nervous system activation or dysregulation, such as constant edginess, fatigue, and low motivation. By becoming mindful of how our nervous system reacts to our surroundings, thoughts, and emotions, we can better understand its patterns. This awareness helps build resilience and adaptability, empowering us to manage life's challenges more effectively.

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NEUROPSYCHOTHERAPY

Neuropsychotherapy is a mental health approach that integrates the understanding of brain, mind, body, and environmental interactions to address psychological concerns. It aims to satisfy basic psychological needs through the lens of neuropsychology, helping individuals reframe and process life experiences in healthier ways. While it involves psychoeducation, it also uses "top-down and bottom-up" strategies or practices to address emotional reactivity, body and sensory awareness, and self-regulation and strengthen areas of the brain that govern these functions. This holistic approach aids in managing anxiety, depression, and more, tailoring to the individual's neural processes and environmental factors for a comprehensive understanding and improvement of psychological well-being​

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TRAUMA SENSITIVE THERAPY

"Trauma is not what happened to you.... it's how your body reacted to and stored what happened." Trauma-informed therapy acknowledges the complex impact of experiences that threaten safety and well-being. Trauma alters how individuals regulate thoughts, emotions, and self-care. A trauma-informed therapist understands that unhealed trauma affects both the mind and body, leading to complex functioning. Individuals may experience heightened emotional intensity (hyperarousal) or emotional numbness (hypoarousal). To ensure client safety and work within their "zone of tolerance," therapy incorporates tailored approaches and tools that promote a sense of safety.

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EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR, which requires specialized training to administer,  is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. EMDR aids in the "digestion" of traumatic memories, supports an individual's ability to strengthen internal resources, and allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy does not require discussing the distressing issue in detail

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ATTACHMENT PSYCHOLOGY

Attachment psychology explores the development of patterns in early relationships, shaping coping mechanisms and influencing our sense of safety and trust. Core beliefs, such as feeling unlovable or unworthy, often stem from these dynamics. Additionally, attachment-related trauma, originating from inconsistent or abusive caregivers, can deepen emotional wounds and impede individuals' ability to form secure connections and regulate emotions. These challenges persist into adulthood, impacting personal relationships and, most significantly, shaping our relationship with ourselves.

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SOMATIC PSYCHOLOGY 

Somatic Psychology integrates body awareness into psychotherapy, addressing the connections between the brain, mind, nervous system, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Most of the time, we "live in our heads," disconnected from our physical selves. Being embodied means being in tune with our body's sensations and signals, which is a crucial tool for achieving  emotional regulation, stress reduction, and also trauma healing. Our bodies hold our experiences, which is evident in body language, posture, expressions, and breathing patterns. Past traumas or stress may manifest as physical symptoms like pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, sexual dysfunction, and immune or nervous system dysregulation. By developing body awareness, individuals can begin to understand and address these physical manifestations of psychological distress.

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ADAPTIVE "RESOURCED" BREATHWORK

Breathwork encompasses various therapy techniques utilizing breathing exercises to enhance mental, physical, and emotional well-being. It serves as a valuable tool for regulation and self-support, anchoring us in present-moment awareness. Breathwork contributes to nervous system regulation and falls under the somatic category, directly influencing our physiology. Different breathing styles serve different purposes, calming the nervous system for anxiety or activating it for individuals with depression and low energy.

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INSIGHT ORIENTED EXISTENTIAL & EXPERIENTIAL

This context focuses on universally applicable concepts to human existence, including death, freedom, responsibility, spirituality, the meaning of life, and the big question of "why are we here, what is our purpose, and why do we struggle or suffer?" Of particular importance, it involves taking a "real look" at the "big picture," fostering some meaning behind it all, and perpetuating working towards and experiencing the experiences that define what is meaningful to us or are aligned with how we desire to heal, grow, and learn. 

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The primary aim of this therapeutic work is to help you improve self-care and master practical techniques to overcome challenges. This approach fosters a stronger sense of self-mastery and self-compassion along the way.

Helpful Questions to Ask Yourself

When Considering Therapy.

Consider these insightful & thought-provoking questions designed to help guide you through starting your therapeutic journey.

  • Contact the office to set up your initial appointment.  It would be helpful to go over the "Helpful Therapy Questions" to prepare for your initial appointment and better understand your goal and intentions for therapy. 

 

  • Upon your confirmation of an appointment, you will receive "intake paperwork" via email to complete and bring to your session.

   

  • Upon our first visit, you and Katie will get acquainted, discuss your background,  and go over informed consent,  policies/procedures, and confidentiality.  

  • Your goals for therapy will then be explored.

  • You and Katie will also discuss the duration and frequency of your time together in relation to achieving your therapeutic goals. 

  • You will also explore and discuss what successful "termination of therapy" will look like for you and what this process will entail regarding future goals and resources. ​

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Rates and Insurance: 

  • Starting at 150.00 for a 55-minute session. 

  • Katie is not currently accepting insurance. However, she can provide a detailed receipt for you to submit to your insurance company to request reimbursement. You may want to contact your insurance beforehand to see if they cover out-of-network expenses. 

Payment: 

  • Cash, checks, and all major credit cards are accepted for payment.

  • HSA cards accepted 

Good Faith Estimate

  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any healthcare items or services upon request or when scheduling such items or services. 

 

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Ready to take the Next Step?

Book a free 15-minute chat to see if it feels right. It’s a perfect opportunity to discuss therapy goals and answer any questions.

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