Some people are drawn to deep healing work because they know it is time to make fundamental changes in their lives. Others are drawn to this work because they have run out of options to function effectively in their lives. Although the healing process continues throughout life, therapy can assist you in getting started on this journey. I work extensively with the Myers-Briggs Type-Indicator (MBTI) and Enneagram personality typing systems to identify both a client’s core self (MBTI) and their defensive structure (Enneagram), and also incorporate Body Centered Gestalt Therapy and inner child work practices to therapy with clients.
People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the oceans, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering at all. -- St. Augustine
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety. -- Abraham Maslow
Being stuck in your life, without support, always leads to suffering. Living through the experience of being stuck, with support, is the essential ingredient for getting unstuck.
You cannot change faster than you have the supports to process that change. Too much change, too fast, is counterproductive.
I don’t believe that people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. -- Joseph Campbell
Understand, feel, heal, grow. We will do this together.
WHAT IS COUNSELING?
Most therapy is centered around cognitive therapy or talk therapy. These types of therapy aim to look at a person’s thoughts around events in their life and point out errors in thinking, while also addressing behavior modification.
The limitation of this approach is that it does nothing to address the pain caused by wounding messages early in life – a necessary process for healing. When old emotional buttons get pushed, the defense system automatically looks for ways to protect you against pain. This system in the right side of the brain does not respond to reason.
Affective therapy operates by accessing this side of the brain -this is the place where these old wounding messages are stored. Many people try to avoid looking at pain left over from childhood by saying things like “it’s all behind me now, why look at the past” or “I need to just forgive and move on”.
The problem is that just because we want these feelings to go away, does not mean they will. They tend to manifest themselves in our present day lives and relationships in the form of addictions, compulsions, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, work-aholism, infidelity, smoking, eating disorders, illnesses, and more until we address and express them once and for all.
Kate is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor, who has over 25 years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and families and focuses on working with adult survivors of childhood trauma, specializing in MBTI, Enneagram and experiential therapy.
PROFESSIONAL & COLLEGIAL TESTIMONIALS
“Kate brings a depth of understanding and mystical repertoire of skills in her facilitation of the Three Keys model for deep emotional healing. Her ability to embrace wholeheartedly the need to heal on an affective level is reflected in her empathic ability to guide clients to and through the source of their wounding in the process of healing deep emotional wounds. Kate is a wise, calm, and highly intuitive facilitator who creates a healing space of safety and support as she guides clients back to their own internal wisdom source.”
(Pat Wyman, LPC; Author of Three Keys to Self-Understanding and Creator of the Three Keys to Self-Understanding Affective-Inner Child work approach with clients.)
“Having worked in the LGBT community for with Kate for over 6 years, I am always impressed with her dedication and compassion to our community. Kate understands the needs of our community and her healing work as a therapist is based on the best interest for each individual’s health and well-being.”
(Sherrill Wayland, MSW – Executive Director, SAGE-Metro STL)
“Kate is a skilled and caring counselor, an engaging speaker, and is passionately committed to working with and for the LGBT community. She represents the best qualities of the counseling profession. I am fortunate to know her as a colleague and friend.”
(Dr. James Linsin, Counseling Psychologist & Coordinator of Outreach- University of Missouri Saint Louis.)
“Kate’s group sessions were always focused and meaningful. Using guided imagery and other techniques, Kate led us to greater awareness of, and compassion for, the wounded child within each of us. Through Kate’s calm, wise, skillful guidance we opened doors to our inner selves that led to the sharing of memories and insights; tears and laughter; validation and compassion. Kate’s sessions were always worthwhile.”
“Kate guides a group session with ease and leadership. I felt comfortable in sharing my experiences and stories in an effort to better understand myself. The introduction of the idea of an “inner child” was something new to me. I liked the guided imagery Kate practiced in our group allowing each of us to experience our inner child in a way that was peaceful and natural to each of us on an individual basis. After the guided imagery we shared what we saw in our minds eye helping to understand better what our most personal needs and wants might be. Kate provided a safe and peaceful place to allow me to go into myself and feel better connected to my heart. She is a thoughtful and knowledgeable counselor with a gentle touch.”
“I worked with three other therapists prior to Kate, and though each had some benefit, Kate is the only one who has utilized the unique training and skills that have enabled me to tap into and release many of the truly deep, painful feelings locked away since my childhood. Our sessions are always focused and meaningful and include guided activities that help expedite growth and healing of the wounded child within me. Though I still have work to do, I trust that Kate’s compassionate, committed guidance is leading me to deeper healing, to fuller living, to the freedom to embrace and love the real me I was meant to be. “