Approach to Therapy
Kathleen's goal in therapy is to meet clients where they are and to tailor the therapy experience to meet their needs and desired outcomes. She works collaboratively to help clients identity and remove any constraints (past or present) that prevent them from living the best life possible in their relationship with themselves, their partner, family or friends. Kathleen believes the relationship between the client and the therapist needs to be built on trust and a safe space. She works to cultivate this in each session by tending to the therapeutic alliance. In addressing clients reasons for entering therapy, she is able to use an integrative approach that focuses on staying problem-centered and change motivated. Kathleen believes in a straight-forward and transparent therapeutic approach with the aim of empowering clients to create lasting and positive change in their lives.
Education and Training
- BS in Business Management and Leadership: Miami University
- MS in Marriage and Family Therapy: Northwestern University
- 200-hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
- Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Illinois
Kathleen's experiences after completing her undergraduate degree in Business Management fueled her desire to work in the field of psychology, and paved a new path toward a career as a marriage and family therapist(MFT). While working in the business world was rewarding professionally, Kathleen began to explore the field of mental health during a research assistantship at The University of Hawaii. Her decision to become a marriage and family therapist(MFT) emerged from the intersection of personal, professional, and academic experiences that lead to her current position as a systemic therapist.
Kathleen became a certiﬁed Yoga teacher in 2013. Her drive for balance between mind and body creates greater clarity in the type of work she aspires to accomplish and cultivate in her own life. Her experience as a yoga instructor helps her practice patience, compassion (for self and others), and truthfulness (through words and actions) with authenticity . Kathleen integrates these values into her work and brings a holistic and grounded presence to therapy. Her expertise provides greater awareness through the mind-body connection, which has been proven to yield positive therapeutic outcomes.