Play Therapy with Children, Parenting Skills & Development, Neurodevelopmental Disorders (i.e. ADHD, ASD), Developmental Disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Adjustment to Illness
Katie understands that people seek out counseling for themselves, their family, or their child, when something is not working for them – something is causing distress and they may be in a very vulnerable space. She believes having a strong foundation based on safety, trust, and a positive connection is absolutely essential to a successful therapeutic relationship. With a strong foundation in place, clients are able to truly make steps towards a more intentional and joyful life.
Katie works with children, families, and older adults to achieve change that is meaningful to them through building on their strengths and identifying immediate and long term goals. Katie’s goal for her clients is for them to develop the skills necessary to navigate life’s bumpy journey, and the confidence to use those skills. She helps individuals and families recognize and change unhealthy patterns in order to create new, healthy patterns. Katie also guides parents and families in better understanding developmentally appropriate expectations, building positive and trusting relationships, and creating a more harmonious home environment. She utilizes the techniques of Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Strength-Based Therapy.
Katie earned both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, and specializes in working with students with disabilities. She has in-depth knowledge of the workings of school systems and Special Education in Michigan. Katie has also worked in medical settings, where she gained experience in working with older adult/geriatric populations adjusting to changes in their health, independence, and relationships.
Katie was raised in the Metro-Detroit area and moved to Lansing to attend college. She currently lives outside of Grand Ledge with her husband, three sons (8, 6, and 3), two cats, and their newest edition – a puppy named Walter.