Approach To Counseling

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion–Buddha

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Kate’s style is supportive and nurturing.  She cares deeply about her clients and the issues they are facing.  She is well-versed in a variety of theoretical orientations and frameworks.  Kate also feels that the relationship between the client and therapist is key.  She places great emphasis on learning where the client is and where he/she wants to be.  Kate has a laid-back, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach.  Clients often comment on how Kate genuinely cares and truly ‘gets’ it.

Kate draws from traditional theories of psychodynamic, narrative and family systems.  Kate most frequently incorporates ‘parts’ work from Dr. Richard Schwartz’ model of Internal Family Systems (IFS):  https://ifs-institute.com/

Since 2015, Kate has had intensive IFS training–completion of both levels 1 and level 2–around this evidence-based model.  Kate is part of an International IFS consultation group that connects twice monthly.  She also attends the IFS annual conference, for continuing education, and to stay on top of current trends and integration of this healing modality.

Kate’s decade-long experience as a clinical social worker in a children’s hospital, as well as her 17+ years as a group facilitator, have equipped her with a working knowledge of both chronic and acute illnesses.  She recognizes and supports the unique needs of both the patient and caregiver(s).

Kate has had the privilege of accompanying people on their respective journeys through the peaks and valleys of life.  Kate serves as a contract worker and facilitates weekly groups for the Cancer Support Community (CSC) and monthly groups for Camp Sunshine.  It is Kate’s hope that with her support and guidance, clients are able to draw on their own resilience to (slowly) reintegrate and re/invest in their life, after loss.  Kate recognizes that the term loss can take on a variety of meanings.  Whether it is a shift in marital status or career, or grieving the death of a loved one;  Kate looks forward to the opportunity to process this journey with you.

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