Katie's solo private practice began in 2013 in the Safety Building, downtown Rock Island, IL. Katie is a white, fat, cis, bisexual, chronically ill, female survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is on her own perpetual journey of healing and self-knowing. She values access to quality therapy for all human beings regardless of financial
Katie's solo private practice began in 2013 in the Safety Building, downtown Rock Island, IL. Katie is a white, fat, cis, bisexual, chronically ill, female survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is on her own perpetual journey of healing and self-knowing. She values access to quality therapy for all human beings regardless of financial and other barriers. Therefore, she accepts Medicaid, has a sliding fee scale based on income, and finds ways to contribute to community healing. Katie has experiences working in community mental health alongside psychiatrists, in a program for survivors of sexual trauma and their loved ones, and in home and community based services for the disabled (particularly intellectually disabled folks requiring supervised living). She has also provided contracted therapy to children and families at Rock Island County Children's Advocacy Center. She is continually learning through formal trainings, reading, and workshops to be able to bring as many effective options for healing and growth to the clients she serves as possible. Katie is licensed to independently practice counseling in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist through EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II--Complex Trauma.
Gizmo was born on December 19, 2009, under the care of Leader Dogs for the Blind. She was raised and socialized for her first year by my family member, then went off to school and was matched with a blind person for work. Unfortunately, that match did not work out and several months later, Gizmo was removed from the placement. The scho
Gizmo was born on December 19, 2009, under the care of Leader Dogs for the Blind. She was raised and socialized for her first year by my family member, then went off to school and was matched with a blind person for work. Unfortunately, that match did not work out and several months later, Gizmo was removed from the placement. The school attempted to re-train her, but failed due to a "small animal distraction." She was retired and offered to my family member as a pet, but she was clearly such a special and talented dog that we got her tested and accepted as a registered Therapy Dog. Soon, she was working in Katie's counseling office regularly and it was more practical for her to live with Katie. Since 2014, Gizmo has been part of Katie's family and also trained as a service dog for Katie's PTSD symptoms. Gizmo turns 12 in December of 2021, and has decided to be semi-retired. (This means some days, particularly when it is raining, Gizmo stays at home on the couch with her kitties instead of coming to work with Katie). If she is in when you visit, count yourself lucky! (A little bit of Gizmo always leaves with you... on your clothes.) Gizmo's specialties in therapy are demonstrating relaxation and sleepiness, and providing opportunities for grounding and comfort.
Katie's graduate program, Western Illinois University Psychology, Counseling/Community Mental Health, provided a strong foundation for her in Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. Her extensive post-graduate training has focused most on trauma assessment and treatment, incl
Katie's graduate program, Western Illinois University Psychology, Counseling/Community Mental Health, provided a strong foundation for her in Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. Her extensive post-graduate training has focused most on trauma assessment and treatment, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), Ego State Therapy, CFTSI (Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention), somatic (body-focused) therapy techniques, and a lot of ways to think about and work with dissociative disorders and DID (Dissociative Identity Disorders). She also does all the training she can fit in on working with LGBTQ+ issues, particularly transgender mental health. Affirmative counseling for LGBTQ+ people is standard. Katie considers herself a Client-Centered Therapist at the heart of all of her work, which means she believes clients can find most of the answers they seek inside of themselves, and her job as a therapist is to help you know yourself better and find and USE those resources. It also means clients direct therapy in terms of goals and content. Katie also incorporates techniques from art and play therapy (even with grown-ups!), and uses sandtray therapy frequently. She especially enjoys facilitating group therapy because of the unique growth opportunities it provides. Katie really loves EMDR because it seems to provide results that talk therapy just can't. But she knows that every human is unique and no single therapy theory or technique can provide what each and every person seeking help needs. She welcomes immediate (and delayed) feedback from clients and creatively adjusts her approach based on that information. She also relies on observation and her real-time inner experience of her nervous system's response to that of the client(s) for powerful data regarding how the client is receiving the information or invitations she offers. More important than anything she can offer as an "expert" are her authenticity and ability to listen, and give the gift of uninterrupted attention and compassion in a safe space without judgment, allowing a client to feel seen, heard, and respected as an expert on their own life.
I have extensive training in helping with trauma, whether large or small and chronic, whether recent or long, long ago. I am particularly experienced in helping with sexual trauma in all ages.
Clients experience a wide range of dissociative symptoms, from feeling spacey and numb to feeling fractured inside, as in Dissociative Identity Disorder. I have training and experience with these symptoms.
I have worked with many folks with marginalized sexual and gender identities, and have been running a therapy group for trans* and non-binary folx for over 5 years.
I have worked with people off all different intellectual abilities and folx all over the Autism Spectrum. Before I opened my private practice, I did direct service and case management for people with disabilities receiving Home and Community Based Services. I am comfortable with clients who have difficulties communicating and with clients who have what used to be called Asperger's Syndrome. While I do not have enough training in Autism Spectrum treatment to say I specialize, I am very comfortable working with clients on the Spectrum, as well as folx with intellectual disabilities. (FYI, I take Medicaid but cannot bill Medicare!)
I can help folx of all ages struggling with symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
I do not do couples' counseling (although family work is an option when the focus is helping children).
I do not do addictions counseling.
I do not work with problems of violent offending (i.e., sex offenders, anger management for batterers, etc.)
I do not do court-ordered treatment (unless you are already my client when such treatment is ordered).
I do not do custody evaluations.
I do not treat eating disorders as a primary problem (although it may be secondary to trauma in my clients.)
I do not assist with weight loss.
I do not treat sexual disorders; I am not a sex therapist (although I do work with problems with sexuality due to trauma).
I cannot serve clients with high levels of need (safety concerns due to severe suicidal or self-harming behavior, actively psychotic people, unmedicated Schizophrenia, etc.). Clients like these need a large system of care such as a community mental health center or hospital to wrap services around them.
Certification requires completion of approved basic training program (including consultation hours) PLUS 12 additional hours of training, 40 additional hours of consultation, significant experience in providing EMDR therapy, and recommendation letters. Renewal requires ongoing training.
Trained since 2017,
Certified since 2019
The Trauma Tune-Up uses a scientifically researched method of EMDR (an evidence-based trauma therapy) applied in a group setting (G-TEP: Group Traumatic Event Protocol). It has been safe and effective in diverse international populations including refugee camp occupants enduring ongoing violent trauma, survivors of large-scale disasters and interpersonal violence, as well as mental and medical health professionals exposed to vicarious trauma throughout their roles as helpers.
Developed in 2021
Agate Institute. Following 9 hours of online instruction is an intensive-week long training where clinicians practice and receive feedback directly from Ana Gomez the developer of the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol.
Completed in 2019
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Division member since 2014,
Association member since 2021
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Member since 2014
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Member since 2019,
Membership Chair since 2020
Counselor of the Year 2021
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