As a Counselor at Bellevue College, Kattie currently hold an independent Mental Health Counselor License through Washington State’s Department of Health. She obtained her Bachelor of Science at the University of Washington in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Education in Community Counseling at Seattle University. Her training consisted of individual counseling as well as group counseling within a social justice frame work.
Her experience within the helping field varies and range from crisis work to working within different capacities in higher education. She supported clients at various outpatient mental health agencies in the Northwest, providing long-term mental health services as well as short-term crisis interventions. she also supported clients within multiple capacities in higher education at Edmonds Community College and the University of Washington. Through these experiences, she developed understandings of working with individuals who are traditional and non-traditional students, individuals struggling with diagnosed mental illnesses, individuals in crisis, individuals experiencing suicidal ideation, and individuals who identifies as International Students, Refugees, and Immigrants. Her therapeutic interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, identity development, and career across the lifespan. She is also interested in exploring impacts of culture and the adjustment process that occurs when orientating to a new environment and culture.
Kattie’s counseling approaches are based on individual needs and goals. Her intent in her work is to empower individuals to achieve those goals. She draws on her core therapeutic orientation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but also integrate various competencies and modalities, as needed, such as Multicultural Counseling Competencies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Brief Solution Focus Therapy, Mindfulness concepts and practices, and the Harm Reduction Model.