Kate is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Edgewood Clinical Services. She received her undergraduate degree at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and transitioned on to receive her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Treatment at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Kate has serviced clients in many different settings, including a community mental health center, private practice and an emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence. She has a strong passion for the intersection of mental health and community advocacy.
Throughout her career, Kate has focused much of her work with children and adolescents. She has supported children and their families through a variety of challenges, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and related diagnoses, suicidal ideation, self-harm, school refusal, self-esteem, divorce, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, sibling conflict, attachment and parenting skills, and LGBTQ+ with a focus on exploration of sexual and gender identity. She has also worked with young adults and adults through many of life’s challenges and has found those therapeutic relationships just as rewarding as working with children.
Kate approaches counseling through the lens that each client is unique. She believes that treatment should be focused on meeting clients where they are when they walk through the door. Kate uses an integrative approach to techniques and tools given to clients, focusing on using a client’s interests to help engage and create interactive experiences in growth. Her warm, empathic and humorous approach to the healing process helps each client feel like they are walking the path towards success with a guide who can be there each step of the way. Kate works side by side with her clients to create achievable, positive goals to ensure that counseling is a space where clients are able to see a future full of hope for better days to come. Kate also believes that in order for healing to continue beyond the therapy space, families and/or significant figures in a client’s life should be involved in the therapeutic process to help them stay on track with their goals and progress in session. When not in the therapy office, Kate enjoys reading, playing video and board games, going on adventures with her husband and family, and drinking a warm cup of coffee while cuddling her cat.