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:
· 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.