Kathryn Chacra

(LCSW-S)
Therapist Kathryn Chacra Photo

About Me

My clients can expect me to become their guide and partner in the effort of facing their most pressing concerns. The goal for me is to help my medical patients and caregivers of chronic illness, chronic pain and chronic mental health challenges find relief in their distress. While I come to our relationship with a wealth of knowledge, skills and over 10 years of clinical experience-- I will always ensure my clients feel safe, in control of our work and able to conveniently access the next steps in their goals. I know that time is extremely limited and valuable when managing our health and so I will ensure we stay focused and consistently check in to monitor progress towards a higher quality of life. In my time at two large national cancer orgs and other medical facilities I have to come see that we are all at one point or another either the patient, the caregiver or the helper. I want to have the privilege of serving as my clients' helper when they have found themselves in a challenging chapter of their life.

Therapy moves through a process of building trust between us that can lead to sharing, problem solving together and ultimately building in strategies to get back a sense of hope. With that in mind let me explain more about what to expect so you can have a clear picture before we get started. I know I like to know what I am signing up for! If you have never been in counseling then just know it all starts with my clients filling me in on where they are in their story. I rely heavily on a narrative therapy to frame our conversation so that I can get that bird's eye view of where you story started, where it is now and what chapters in the future could be for you. Every one is the author of their story even with the plot twists that can pop up in our stories because of physical and mental health challenges. My clients can expect to feel empowered, confident and self-reliant as they re-write their next part in a much larger dynamic story.

After I have been able to hear from my clients they can also expect that I do hope to keep track of our progress with a formal assessment tool as well as agreeing to our initial goals and tasks. This is really where I lean on my clients to ensure we are working on what matters to their lives. Clients can rest in knowing that they will be respected, treated with dignity and allowed to dictate the nature of our focus together. And finally, therapy involves over time the rhythm of conversation that flows continously.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #40152 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by J.O. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Kathryn for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

I really benefit from talking with Kathryn. She listens and seems to say just the right thing to help me.