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Katie discovered her passion for working with children, teens, and families at a young age. She always knew she would work with kids. She became extremely interested in the neurodivergent population after learning more about the way her own brain works and finding the importance of community. Katie specializes in Autism, ADHD, other neurodivergence, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. She is passionate about helping children and families to develop tools, manage emotions, and identify burnout and coping skills.

One of her professors once told her that every child needs at least one cheerleader to help them feel supported, heard, understood, and safe. Katie aims to create a fun, safe environment where individuals can feel connection and support. Her approach is collaborative, strengths-based, and neurodiverse-informed. It is her goal to create this environment with every individual.

Katie uses play therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy to support individuals through a neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed lens. She is committed to continuing to learn other ways to support her clients.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her cat, friends, and family. She enjoys being outdoors, cosplaying (fancy dress-up), learning new facts, and anything artsy. Ask her for a dinosaur fact!

Katie is currently a Limited License Social Worker working under the supervision of Dr. Hasti Raveau, Ph.D.

Education

Why did you decide to become a mental health professional?

I have always known I wanted to work with kids and support families. When I found the mental health profession, everything fit together, and I knew it was where I was meant to be.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

That I get to play all day! My favorite part is knowing that I am providing people with tools to help them grow.

Pronouns

She/Her/They/Them

What is your favorite quote?

“Play is the work of children”- Jean Piaget

Who is someone who inspires you?

Chloé Hayden – Chloé is an Autistic actress, advocate, and author who has overcome her own struggles by creating a platform to share her story and be authentically herself. I love the way she encourages people to love themselves and love their brains!

What is your favorite self-help book?

It may not be a self-help book, but my favorite book is “Different Not Less” by Chloé Hayden, It is about supporting the neurodivergent people in your life.

What is your ultimate wish for every client?

I wish that all my clients feel seen and understood. I hope they can feel I provide a safe space where their unique identity is valued.