Kate is a psychotherapist, specializing in trauma, addiction and various life issues. Kate works with families, couples, individuals and teens. Her work incorporates the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique used for identifying and healing traumas, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Depth Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, Visualization Techniques and Mindfulness Training. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Kate practiced as a Licensed Massage Therapist and energy/body worker for 17 years. She is a Reiki Master, a Level II Therapeutic Touch practitioner, and a Polarity Therapist.
Along with the traditional training through her schooling for psychotherapy, Kate also studied Body Centered Gestalt Therapy for five years. In her words: “My practice of psychotherapy affords me the privilege to journey with my clients through their process of rediscovering and reclaiming their lives and life energy. I am blessed, excited and so honored to be invited into such an intimate setting with other human beings.”
Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating mental distress and psychological disorders. During the psychotherapeutic process, a particular illness or source of stress/disturbance is targeted. A wide variety of strategies and techniques can be used to facilitate the resolution of problematic thoughts and behaviors. Most importantly, almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a positive therapeutic relationship which incorporates communication and creates a dialogue that will in turn serve to support the client in their process.
When a trauma occurs, it appears to get locked in the nervous system with the original thoughts, feelings, sounds and picture. The eye movements or other bilateral stimulation used in EMDR seem to unlock the nervous system and allow the mind and body to process the experience. It does not matter how far back into the past the trauma has occurred as the body holds that trauma in its original form. Many individuals find they have certain symptoms, triggers or limitations after experiencing a trauma. For instance, an individual who became traumatized after almost drowning may have anxiety when near a pool. EMDR can allow that individual to unlock the trauma which in turn allows the body to process the trauma and eliminate the symptoms a person may be experiencing. Traumas come in all intensities and in all forms. What may be traumatic for one individual may not be traumatic for another. EMDR is a personalized modality that addresses each unique individual.