Kathleen Petrak

LPC, LCMHC

About me

I am a licensed professional counselor licensed in Texas with over 20 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, family issues and ADHD. I have worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, a pain management clinic, and primarily private practice, so I have a wide range of experience.

My counseling style is supportive and non-judgmental. I believe in treating anyone with respect and compassion, and I believe that my role is to question and guide, not to make decisions for you. My approach combines a basis of client centered therapy with a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques. Of course, treatment is collaborative and will be tailored for your specific needs.

Change is difficult, but can be very rewarding. I am looking forward to supporting you as you move forward.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Communication Problems , Family Problems , Isolation/Loneliness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Years of Experience: 20

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

TX LPC 15429

UT LCMHC 12893970-6004

ME LCPC CC6677


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kathleen Petrak. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Jan 27, 2023 after therapy with Kathleen for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties

She is great! Listens to my concerns and teaches me new tools

Written on Jan 09, 2023 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months

More than ever I need to see how to help myself with help to get my life back together and it seems to be working

Written on Dec 30, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kathleen is the ABSOLUTE BEST!

Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and bipolar disorder

Kathleen is a great listener. I appreciate that she has an open mind and allows me to reach decisions through our sessions.

Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Kathleen is professional, empathetic and provides advice that also helps you grow as a person by facing your old traumas.

Written on Nov 09, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and adhd

I really enjoy having the time to talk to someone who listens to my problems and issues I have with life. She gives good advice when needed and is always polite and smiling.

Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, and anger management

Kathleen made my first time stepping into therapy feel so comfortable, even over the phone, she was able to offer me a safe place to open up! She checks in regularly and that makes me feel like she genuinely wants to help me understand myself.

Written on Oct 26, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Roses, simply Roses.

Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

I’ve been seeing Kathleen for a month-ish now, and she truly has been what I needed. I needed someone to hear me and understand what I’m feeling. She has taken the time to get to know me and my situation. Grief is hard and she made dealing with a little bit easier to deal with

Written on Sep 26, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Kathleen has been a huge help! She’s very attentive and sends me information to help me with tools to understand and handle what I’m dealing with

Written on Aug 16, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kathleen has been so helpful since I started therapy, and she goes the extra mile.

Written on Jul 20, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kathleen is one of the most down to earth and honest therapists I’ve been to. She provides a kind ear and wise advise that allows me to feel my feelings and make educated choices moving forward. I would highly recommend her to everyone.

Written on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and coping with life changes

I appreciate Kathleen so much. She never let me diminish the other, yet made me feel understood and able to understand myself better. Really easy to be open and trust her completely. Texted useful information too.

Written on Jun 09, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Thank you

Written on Jun 07, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 4 months

Kathleen offers pertinent feedback and keeps the conversation flowing so there aren’t any awkward silences. I highly recommend her.

Written on May 27, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Amazing work from an amazing person

Written on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 1 month

I feel a sense of relief

Written on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Kathleen has helped me in what’s seemed to be the hardest and darkest times of my life. Her expertise and words of wisdom have been nothing short of a blessing.

Written on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, intimacy-related issues, and grief

Just off of the 3 sessions I've had with Kathleen, I can see how much she cares about my feelings and how emotionally empathetic she is. She's absolutely what I need right now after everything that I've been dealt

Written on Mar 12, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Kathleen is very helpful, she lets you speak and doesn't say anything until you're done speaking, she never interrupts me and always listens

Written on Feb 28, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 5 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I’ve only been with Kathleen a few days and I’m blown AWAY!!! She is so responsive and understanding and we haven’t even had our first meeting yet over the phone but I feel like this is the best way to convey all your background before meeting to get into the nitty gritty and she’s even helping me with things which I didn’t really expect to happen within the first few messages. Thank you Kathleen!!!! You’re great!!!

Written on Feb 22, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Kathleen is very supportive and a good listener. I'm glad she's my therapist.

Written on Feb 17, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Kathleen is absolutely wonderful and has helped me so much. I’m extremely grateful for her

Written on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She’s been fantastic

Written on Jan 08, 2022 after therapy with Kathleen for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Was very patient with me when I was going through my hardest moments in my life. Will sy the truth no matter what and offered me plenty of ways to cope with my anxiety and ohter issues .

Written on Dec 01, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Kathleen has helped me come so far with my mental health. She had taught me coping skills, ways to calm down my temper, and communication skills. I would highly recommend Kathleen to anyone.

Written on Nov 26, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, adhd, grief, addictions, and bipolar disorder

I’ve been in treatment with Kathy for almost a month and it’s incredible how far she’s guided my journey towards healing with a steady hand. It amazes me how it’s been less than a month since I made a list of my criteria in a counselor’s capabilities as I registered with Better Help after being referred by a Cancer Survivor Mental Health line.

In my 40 years, I’ve seen a handful of well trained counselors - all who sent me spiraling.

Those who experienced years of excessive childhood - or adulthood- trauma, the innocent who were left scarred with Complex PTSD understand the challenging dynamics of its impact on choosing the right counselor. Kathy understands this, too.

I remember sitting and staring at the registration form discouraged and doubtful. The memory is almost sensory - If I reach out in front of me, I feel like I can almost touch it. Taste it. I asked myself, how could one counselor help someone with my type of PTSD? Who also suffers from Bipolar? With panic disorder and ADD, chronic addiction, and who recently ended treatment for cancer that required hospitalization throughout most of the illness? Certainly I won’t find them on this site.

But I was wrong. Each morning over the past month, the sunrise seems brighter than the last. When I look in the mirror these days, I see a version of myself living in the future, not one who is bogged down from the past. Every day, I make steps towards making that future mean something. A future that is better not just for me but better for the future versions of me, those who are suffering from the pains of not being heard or treated for mental illness alongside their cancer while hospitalized. Those who need to be protected and saved. Those who need to be heard.

I have faith that Kathy has the tools to get me there. She’s gotten me this far.

Written on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Kathleen listens to me and gives me perspectives that make see things in a different way. She instantly made me feel better and like things will get better

Written on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Kathy is patient and understanding. We have a different perspective on the world, but she is open minded and listens and adapts her feedback in a way where I can be receptive to it.

Written on Oct 22, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression

I’ve only seen her 2x so far but she’s very attentive and I enjoy speaking with her

Written on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Kathleen has been an amazing resource that I am so glad I treated myself to. She keeps me focused on my long-term goals while also helping with daily struggles. I've been under the care of a lot of mental health professionals and Kathleen has already taken me further than they did - and she's doing it at my pace. I could not recommend Kathleen enough. Everyone needs a Kathleen in their lives.

Written on Sep 15, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

She’s been helpful during tough times

Written on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Attentive, listens to your needs, provides great information

Written on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

she listen very carefully and let me talk

Written on Jul 20, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I like how she also texts me between video call appointments.

Written on Jul 02, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I didn’t think after just a month that I would be able to see a difference in how I feel on a daily basis things are still tough I know this is still early but Kathleen have me hope that I’m the right path and she is giving me tools to help me navigate when things are bad

Written on Jun 26, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Kathleen Petrak, LPC, helps to create a calm and sympathetic environment for expression. I feel respected and that my perspective and experiences are valid, while simultaneously being offered opportunities for growth.

Written on Jun 17, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd

Kathleen checks on me, see how I am doing. Her advice is always on point and I do not get bored in our interactions.

Written on May 23, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I would highly recommend Kathleen. She listens and provides excellent counsel to help me through my issues. I’ve truly started to find myself again and live. I couldn’t be happier!

Written on Mar 19, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts

Kathy is great. I appreciate her expertise and how she checks in on me between appointments. Really easy to talk to.

Written on Mar 01, 2021 after therapy with Kathleen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I am so glad I found Kathleen. She is attentive, organized, and has helped me so much in goal setting, making connections between common issues, and sorting out my feelings. We've run the gambit, switching between work issues, personal trauma, relationship issues, and food issues. She is a great listener, but also pushed me to become a better version of myself. After about 2 months of meeting weekly, I'm happy to say that I see our client relationship being very long term.

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