Kathleen Van Allen

(MS, LPC)

About Me

Hello, Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have been in the field for four years with experience working as a crisis counselor, in home counselor, working within a community service board organization providing counseling as well as currently through a private practice. I use an integrative holistic & humanistic approach working with a range of mental health diagnoses and symptoms such as: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, behavioral issues, substance use, trauma, grief, anger management, self-esteem issues, interpersonal relationship issues, etc. I have experience working with young children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. I enjoy using psychoeducational activities, worksheets, visual aids, and person centered activities to assist clients with finding their path in life, reaching self-actualization, identifying goals/objectives, reducing negative symptoms, and improving overall functioning in life. I strive to teach my clients skills to assist with improving thinking patterns, communication skills, motivation, mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and problem solving skills. I want my clients to feel supported, safe, and encouraged to reach their highest potentials in life by finding personal growth through counseling services. Starting counseling can be a daunting journey but having an experienced counselor there every step of the way makes it that much easier to achieve your goals in life. I look forward to walking this journey with each and every one of my clients!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Emptiness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #0701008443 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by Z.A. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with Kathleen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Kathleen is easily one of the best counselors I've ever had the joy to speak with. She not only help me through one of the darkest times of my life, but she showed me that I have the tools to make my life better. I can't stress enough how kind and understanding she has been through this whole process.

Written by E.M. on Apr 23, 2020 after counseling with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I am still in the early stages of working with Kathleen, but this is hands down the best experience I’ve ever had with therapy. This is my first time with a virtual therapist. In the past, I’ve always done in-person office visits. This method is FAR more convenient for my busy life. And it’s way easier to be open and honest when I’m in a comfortable home setting than a therapists office.
Kathleen has been such a soothing presence these past few weeks. She has a very calm, level headed way of speaking and it helps me when my mind is overactive. She allows me to ramble when I need to, but keeps me on track for what I need to focus on. I love that I am able to send her updates throughout the week in between sessions. It’s been helpful for my anxiety to know that when I’m having an intense moment, I can just hop on my phone and write it all out to Kathleen. She always responds very quickly (and is always understanding when I DONT respond quickly). It’s nice to feel like I have my support system at the tip of my fingers.
I was extremely skeptical about virtual therapy, but I am so thrilled that I gave it a try. I’ve tried therapy so many times in the past, and I was never able to fully commit myself. For the first time ever, I feel hopeful that I’ve found something I will be able to easily incorporate into my daily life and see genuine progress in my mental health.
I’m looking forward to continuing my journey with Kathleen and utilizing the tools and insight that she provides me with.

Written by E.L. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Kathleen for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I love working with Kathleen. She’s very kind and listens to all my concerns. I’m so happy to have her as my counselor.

Written by B.O. on Feb 21, 2020 after counseling with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Kathleen is great to work with! She makes me feel positive about all the goals you wanna work on. She is understanding and flexible with time changes and such. She really wants to help you with the things you want to work on. She really makes you feel like you're in it as a team:)

Written by M.O. on Jan 23, 2020 after counseling with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

I just started with Kathleen but she is really great. She always listens to me and provides me with support. I feel a lot more confident going about with my day knowing that I have Kathleen to talk to. She's super reliable and transparent. She's really a gem!

Written by H.U. on Sep 22, 2019 after counseling with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

I really like when Kathleen sends chapters and reading tools to help me understand what I am going through!

Written by S.A. on Sep 09, 2019 after counseling with Kathleen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kathleen has been wonderful so far!