Hi, I'm Katie. It is so very nice to meet you.
People often ask, "Why do you want to be a therapist?" I want to be a therapist because I love to listen. Listening and getting to know a person’s inner self - their thoughts, feelings, and experiences - makes me feel connected to them, and I am deeply drawn to connection. I have also found that as I sit with a client, not only do I learn about them, but I also learn more about myself. I love what I do and am grateful for those who enter into my practice because as I guide their growth, so too do they allow me to grow.
I believe that everyone is capable of change; capable of healing; capable of living life thoughtfully, mindfully, and truthfully. No matter the reason for seeking therapy, I believe that it is a human to human connection that begins the healing process.
I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and am working on a dissertation to complete a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with an emphasis on Psychotherapy, both at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. My area of research is in studying highly sensitive people, work pioneered by the psychotherapist Dr. Elaine Aron. My dissertation research question is, "How May Being a Highly Sensitive Person Serve Wholeness?".
I have worked in both residential and outpatient settings with dual diagnosed teenagers and adults. In these settings I worked with those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Shizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia (psychotic and non-psychotic), Narcissistic Personality Disorder, those experiencing the pain and trauma of grief, mental, emotional and sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse disorders.
My practice is in downtown Franklin, Indiana. I obtained my Masters's Degree and began my work as a therapist intern in Santa Barbara, California. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana, License Number 35002080A.