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Kay Butler, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Parenting issues Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in helping people to effectively address life’s challenges. My areas of expertise include foster care/adoptions, depression, anxiety, anger management, stress management, family relationships, family mediation, juvenile mediation and job related difficulties. I have provided care in private practice and in- and out-patient hospital and clinic settings. I have experience in group facilitation for the emotionally ill as well as for sheltered women and those with medical diagnoses.

I am particularly interested in the development of self-empowerment. This means identifying and drawing on our individual strengths. It is easy to fall into the pits of weaknesses and that is where we often get stuck. I am more intrigued with the beauty of strength and making that work for us.
I engage in Cognitive Behavior, Solution Based and Emotional Based therapies, to name a few.

I see myself as a work partner with my clients. I care about what is important to each one as he/she navigates to resolve concerns.

My education was achieved in the Washington, DC area with a Bachelor of Sociology and a Master of Social Work. I also possess a Post-Graduate Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Although I grew up in the south, I have lived many years in California and Northern Virginia. As a result, I have learned a great deal about managing point of view differences.

I hope to have the opportunity to work with you.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

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Wow , she was very attentive , intellegent understanding it was an incredible session

Written on Jan 28, 2021 after therapy with Kay for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Kay was great and has helped me in a short time

Written on Nov 19, 2020 after therapy with Kay for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Kay has already helped me to see how far I have come, helped me to find ways to help me manage my anxieties, I feel listened to and respected.

Written on Jun 22, 2020 after therapy with Kay for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

Kay is the calming voice of reason that I didn’t know I was missing in my life. In a matter of weeks I went from crippling panic attacks and debilitating depression, to being able to breathe, having only a low level of manageable anxiety, and dreaming of the future. Of course everything comes in waves, but Kay has been the listening ear that I needed, knew the right questions to ask, and gave me the coping tools that made all the difference. I felt as if she was the loving, non judgmental, fully supportive mother figure I always craved. I had tried counseling in the past and always felt like it was lacking, so I was surprised to find myself excitedly looking forward to our calls, and jotting down notes of things I wanted to share with Kay. 10/10 recommend Kay and better help if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression or marital issues!!

Written on May 22, 2020 after therapy with Kay for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I've seen several counselors in person and non of them have worked for me. Kay Butler is great! She is able to listen & support me without any bias, all while giving helpful advice. I strongly recommend her as a counselor.

Written on May 22, 2020 after therapy with Kay for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes