Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Katie received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College in 2021. She is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCPT).
Katie has worked in private practice settings with children, adolescents, teens, and parents. In addition to providing individual therapy, during her clinical internship, Katie co-created and facilitated an adolescent girls’ summer group program called “Tween Talk.” Also, during her internship, Katie provided support for the youth LGBTQA+ community during the Covid-19 Pandemic by participating in a weekly video chat group.
Katie regularly uses nature and expressive arts in her counseling practice, including walk-and-talk therapy, sandplay, mindfulness, and a variety of dramatic and fine art mediums. Katie assists clients with self-esteem and interpersonal development, gender exploration and expression, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, body awareness, and family dynamics.
Katie uses traditional therapeutic styles like Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Person-centered therapy (PCT). She also employs a somatic approach to therapy. Somatic therapy is sometimes referred to as body psychotherapy. It focuses on the body, the mind, and the connection between the two. Research has shown that this approach is the most effective for addressing trauma, as so much of trauma is stored in the body.
Through mindfulness, compassion, and hope, Katie seeks to uncover and transform patterns and core beliefs that often hinder identity formation, personal boundaries, and self-esteem. Her goal is to foster a sense of safety and empowerment with her clients, as they work through challenging experiences.