The about me page serves to give you a little bit of a sense of how I am as a therapist and who I am as a person. In some ways I find it more useful to give you a sense of who I am by telling you who I am not. So here are a few things to know….
–I’m not a formulaic therapist. Meaning every therapy that I do with every person looks different. Of course there are themes that can thread their way through my day, but the way they get addressed in therapy is different for everybody.
–I’m not a cheerleader. (Yes, you heard that correctly). I believe in kindness and honesty. But honesty is always delivered with kindness.
–I AM a hopeful and curious person. And I don’t mean that in a Pollyanna-ish type of way. Just that over time I have figured out that hope is at the core of my work. And this is useful because sometimes, by the time people make it to therapy, they are not feeling particularly hopeful. So the good news is that I can hold onto hope.
I love working with people who are motivated to change. They may not have any idea what that looks like or how they are going to get there, but they know that their current state of affairs isn’t working for them.
I do my best work with adults who are facing some sort of depression, anxiety, or need general support around confidence and esteem.
I find it most helpful to talk to people a little bit before our first meeting to begin to get a sense of your situation and if I think I might be able to be helpful. Usually this takes around 10-15 minutes.
I’ve had a winding road into my work as a therapist. Born in Pennsylvania, I went to college in New York state for music. After graduating from college I moved to Cleveland to attend graduate school at Case Western Reserve University. And it turns out I LOVE CLEVELAND! (even winter). I have a Masters Degree in Social Work. (I’m not a doctor and I do not prescribe medications. And my clients call me Kate)