The foundation of my practice is rooted in building rapport with my clients. I use an integrative approach when working with children and adolescents so building rapport might look like an expressive arts activity or goal setting. Recognizing the unique talents of each individual, I adapt my approach to the needs and goals of the children and adolescents I serve. I operate from a strengths-based approach thus asking my clients to draw upon their strengths to resolve a problem. In working with younger children, I believe in the power of play and thus have a variety of tactile objects and toys through which children can tell their stories. In working with adolescents, particularly those struggling with anxiety and self-esteem, I often combine principles of cognitive behavioral therapy in order to promote more positive self-talk.
education, training, and experience
Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and her Master’s Degree in Human Developmental Counseling from Vanderbilt University. She is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington State. Before opening her private practice, she spent ten years working as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools in Tennessee, Georgia, and Washington. Additionally, she serves on the Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, American Counseling Association, and the American School Counselor Association.