Kate earned a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on clinical practice, as well as a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She also participated in an advanced training fellowship at Cathedral Counseling in Chicago in order to further her skills and education in psychodynamic therapy and practice. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both New York and Illinois. Kate is also trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Prior to her work with Upshur Bren, Kate has served as both an outpatient and crisis therapist for children, teenagers, and adults in the community mental health setting. She has also worked as a therapist in privately owned non-profits and in private practice, in addition to working as a student supervisor and program coordinator for a state-run program in Illinois addressing teen crisis.
Kate’s practice is rooted in her deep belief that all people, adults and children alike, are capable and worthy of positive change, self-acceptance, and a sense of belonging. The all-important role of healthy, supportive relationships in our lives will be a focus of Kate’s work and will help inform a path forward toward healing and a stronger sense of balance. She will work alongside clients to build a deepened understanding of patterns, how history informs the present day, and ways in which we can communicate most effectively to our children and ourselves.
With this knowledge, parents are able to develop their own personal parenting frameworks so they can respond confidently and effectively to any challenge that comes along, resulting in families that are healthier, calmer, and more connected with one another.