Katie earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Katie completed her graduate training working with clients and their families struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, self-injury, and eating disordered behaviors. At this Intensive Outpatient Program, Katie worked collaboratively with both adolescents and their parents, designing interventions to lead to healthier coping strategies, improved self-confidence, and better problem solving skills. Katie works with teens and adults, individualizing treatment goals based on the specific needs of the client. She also appreciates the importance of partnering with parents and family members to actively increase home, school and community engagement. Katie has received specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention and MotIvational Interviewing.
Prior to working as a therapist, Katie worked for 11 years as an elementary school educator, teaching students from 3rd grade through 6th grade. Katie draws on her teaching experience when working with clients, as she has seen firsthand how mental health can have a significant impact on school performance and attendance. She knows and understands what students experience within the classroom, and is passionate about helping clients outside of the classroom in order to best support them while in school. Her teaching experience has given her the ability to be flexible, creative, and energetic within the counseling process.
Katie meets every client where they are and encourages her clients to be collaborative participants in their recovery. She is an empathetic and active listener who is passionate about creating a warm therapeutic environment where clients feel heard, validated, and safe.Hamady