Owner, Licensed Professional Counselor
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology | Texas State University | 2008
Master of Arts – Health Psychology | Texas State University | 2012
Licensed Professional Counselor (69697)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Activities & Affiliations
- American Counseling Association, Member
- Capital of Texas Counseling Association, Member
- Central Texas Eating Disorders Specialists, Member
- Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), Weight Stigma Awareness Week Contributor 2013 & 2014
- National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Media Watchdog, Volunteer, 2014 National Conference Presenter
- Eating Disorder Hope, Expert Writer and Contributor
- Addiction Hope, Expert Writer and Contributor
Licensed Master Social Worker, Staff Therapist At Thrive
Kate is a Licensed Master Social Worker with experience working within the mental health and substance use field, both in clinical and advocacy roles. Kate received her Master of Science in Social Work and her Bachelor of Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, treating severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition to her clinical experience, Kate is an active advocate in the mental health field, working with a multitude of groups including the Eating Disorders Coalition, UT Austin’s Center for Students in Recovery, and Dell Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she currently serves on the Texas Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Advisory Committee.
Kate specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and concurrent mental health and substance use disorders, treating both adolescents and adults. Kate practices from a Relational Therapy model, with a strong focus on shame resiliency, in order to facilitate a space with her clients that is empathetic, compassionate, and fosters connection. Along with the utilization of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and trauma-informed care, Kate understands each person is an individual with unique needs and works collaboratively with clients to come up with the treatment plan best suited to their situation.
In my work as a therapist, whether it was helping an entrepreneur cope with work stress in individual counseling or working with a teen who was in serious crisis at the hospital, I found all my clients had one thing in common – they felt like they were just doing what they could to survive in their life. A common thread throughout their goals in therapy was to create a life for themselves worth living, one in which they were really thriving and not just surviving. This is what inspired me to create Thrive. This is what I love to help my clients do, build their best life and help them thrive in that life. In our work together, I help my clients explore what that life looks like and, like a guide, help them get there by offering suggestions, helping prepare for unforeseen challenges, and providing honest feedback to help them check their blind spots.
My approach to counseling is collaborative, which means that we will work together to identify goals or changes you want for yourself and develop ways to implement these changes in order to reach your goals. As a part of this process, we will work together to understand what contributes to the problems in your life and what gets in the way of the change you want for yourself. While we will focus on the changes that you want to make for yourself, we will balance this change with mindfulness and self-compassion.
I believe in taking a holistic approach to counseling that considers biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural aspects of clients' lives. As part of this holistic approach, I work collaboratively with other health professionals such as psychiatrists and dietitians. If you need a referral, or are already a client of another health professional, I will work with them to ensure your treatment goals.
For New Counselors
In addition to my counseling services, I feel passionate about helping new counselors thrive as counseling professionals. I've been there - the journey to full licensure as a professional counselor and feeling confident in your role as a therapist is a tumultuous one. As a means to help new counselors grow in their journey to becoming a seasoned therapist, I offer workshops, groups, and consultation. See my services for new counselors here.
My experience counseling individuals, families, and groups began during my Master’s education, where I gained experience working with adults, adolescents, and families at the Texas State University Counseling Center, the Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio (now the Eating Recovery Center of San Antonio), and Hill Country Recovery Center (now the Eating Recovery Center of Austin). Since that time, I have served as a therapist and Outpatient Director at Austin Oaks Hospital, a Mindful Eating Program Therapist at the University of Texas - Austin, and a therapist at Sage Recovery and Wellness Center.
I have experience working with clients in outpatient and inpatient settings who have a variety of concerns, such as: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, interpersonal relationship conflicts, problems regarding their boundaries and assertiveness, ineffective coping, stress management, life transitions, and work-life balance. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches to counseling. I completed DBT Skills Training from Behavioral Tech, LLC in 2012.
I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) framework. Learn more about these therapeutic approaches below.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CBT is based on the philosophy that thoughts influence feelings; therefore, negative thinking patterns create negative mood states. CBT is a research-supported treatment for identifying and changing negative thinking patterns that contribute to depression, anxiety, and unsatisfactory relationships. Techniques used in CBT include relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided visual imagery. Other techniques include thought-stopping and tracking negative automatic thoughts. Using CBT, clients learn how to regain control over thinking patterns and remain calm and relaxed when dealing with stress and other daily life hassles.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT is very similar to CBT, as it is a research-supported therapeutic approach that focuses on thoughts and emotions that influence our behaviors; however, it also adds components of Eastern mindfulness meditation and concepts of validation and dialectics. DBT involves learning new tools and skills to empower you to be as effective as you can be in your life. More specifically, these skills help you become more aware of your own thoughts and emotions, tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and effectively get your needs and wants met in relationships while also maintaining self-respect. Please click here to learn more about DBT.