Katie Lear is a licensed therapist who provides integrative counseling to children, utilizing cognitive-behavioral, play, art, and drama therapy techniques. She specializes in early childhood mental health and parent-child therapy. Katie is licensed in New York and North Carolina and currently works in the Charlotte area.

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Hi, I'm Katie.

I'm a licensed counselor in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I love helping children and their parents navigate the difficult parts of growing up. As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve had the opportunity to work with kids living in all 5 NYC boroughs and coming from many walks of life. I recently moved to the Charlotte area and I am excited to meet like-minded therapists, supervisors, and people working with children outside of the Big Apple.

I believe that children benefit most from therapy that is playful, effective, and builds on a child's strengths. I integrate expressive arts therapy techniques like art, play and drama with cognitive-behavioral therapy skills to help kids and families find solutions to their problems.

Lots of my clients recognize themselves in one of the following categories:

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·   Parents looking for therapy for their elementary schooler or their very young child—under the age of 5

·   Parents who are not sure what else to do to manage their child’s tantrums and oppositional behavior

·   Children who are very worried, feel down, or have less interest in doing things

·   Children who are having trouble adjusting to a big life change, like a move, divorce, or new sibling

·   Children who have experienced or witnessed a death or a traumatic event

Are you a mental health practitioner, art/play/drama therapist, or another like-minded professional in the Charlotte area? Please drop me a line to introduce yourself!

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
— Fred Rogers

Areas of Practice

Therapy for Young Children

Some parents wonder if it is possible for toddlers and preschoolers to benefit from therapy. I am trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, which is designed for children under the age of 5 and their caregiver.

DRama Therapy

I believe theater is a great tool for self-expression, empathy, and healing. I like to incorporate drama and pretend play in my sessions, and I am pursuing post-Master's certification in Drama Therapy. 

TRauma-Focused Therapy

Frightening events, loss, and stress can impact the way kids experience the world around them. I am certified in TF-CBT, a form of therapy that helps kids and teens cope after a traumatic event.

Play Therapy

Kids make sense of their feelings through play the way adults use language to "talk things out." Play therapy can help children express themselves and learn in a way that is not always possible with talk therapy alone.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

CBT techniques can provide kids with tools to manage worries, combat depression, and promote relaxation and stress relief quickly and effectively. I'm certified in MAP, a system for using CBT with children.

Coaching for Parents

Caregivers are the most important people in a child's life. I keep parents in the loop about therapy and support them in finding effective ways to manage stress and behavior problems at home.