The foundation of my counseling practice is rooted in building rapport with my clients. I use an integrative approach when working with children and teens so building rapport might look like an expressive arts activity or goal setting. Recognizing the unique talents of each individual, I adapt my therapeutic approach to the needs and goals of the clients 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 use play as a tool to create connection and strengthen self-esteem. In working with teens, particularly those struggling with anxiety and self-esteem, I creatively combine skill building activities with mindfulness techniques to coach them how to manage stress in healthy ways.
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.