I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Iowa with over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families. I have worked with individuals with a wide variety of concerns including trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, first responders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder criteria, emotional abuse, grief and loss, abandonment, etc.), depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family of origin issues, emptiness, invisibility, LGBTQ+, and many many more.
I am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist and I utilize other methods in including solution-focused, strength-based, relaxation/stress management, and many others. No two clients are the same, so I do not believe in a "one size fits all" approach.
I believe each person has potential for growth and healing, but each of us has encountered barriers to achieving our greatest potential through internal or external experiences. It can be very difficult to recognize those barriers and address them, and it can be very helpful to have a therapist partner accompany you on the healing journey. I like to illustrate therapy using the metaphor of bowling: my client is the bowler and has the power to choose the direction they throw the ball, the ball they select, and the power they use to throw the ball down the lane. I, as the therapist, am the bumpers - I respect my client's decisions in how they throw the ball, I guide us down the lane and keep us from going in the gutter :)
The most frequent feedback I get from my colleagues and clients is that I am "real." That is, I do not pretend to be perfect and I do not expect perfection. I also am very honest because that is what I ask of my clients.
I look forward to working with you and getting to know you better!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
IA LMHC 001141
I was surprised how quickly Katie grasped my situation and provided meaningful suggestions. She checks in regularly to make sure things are progressing. Highly recommend working with Katie!
Written on Sep 17, 2023 after therapy with Katherine (Katie) for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
Katie has been so open about taking the time to allow me to open up, when it comes to topics that I find hard to discuss. Letting me decide that I'm ready to start talking about it, and okay if I want to stop if it becomes too painful to continue.
Written on Nov 25, 2022 after therapy with Katherine (Katie) for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Katie has helped me in so many ways. She clearly listens to me and understands what my goals are in going to therapy. Every session with her has been productive and effective. I took a break from therapy, and even after months away she still had a very good read on me and remembered things discussed many months ago. She’s very professional while also creating a comfortable environment in which I feel I can be open and honest.
Written on Sep 12, 2022 after therapy with Katherine (Katie) for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
I love love love Katie. Talking to Katie is like catching up with an old friend, and I don't feel judged, intimidated, or shamed with Katie. She really listens to me, gives me the tools I need to improve and I love how she asks brain storming questions and look within myself. I'm so happy I finally found a therapist I can connect to and be myself with.
Written on Feb 25, 2022 after therapy with Katherine (Katie) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
She’s a great therapist. Understands my situation and gave me great expertise to solve a lot of the problems I’ve been having.
Written on Dec 07, 2021 after therapy with Katherine (Katie) for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management
I only got to do counseling with Katie for a short time, but she was so so wonderful! She listened, validated, offered solutions and suggestions, really worked through the things WITH me, and was overall kind and caring. I never knew text therapy could be so effective and useful! I highly, HIGHLY recommend Katie!!!
Written on Aug 16, 2021 after therapy with Katherine (Katie) for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd