About Kate

“I am certain people can change. It is a matter of connecting them with their inner resources. That is the therapeutic task.” – Virginia Satir

I started in the human services field back in the early 80’s after finishing an Associate of Arts Degree from Bellevue Community College (now known as Bellevue College). I later worked as a volunteer with Youth Eastside Services.  From Seattle University, I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a specialty in Alcoholism Treatment and Recovery. Upon graduation, I served as an intern at First Step Outpatient Program working with adults and adolescents. I went on to work part-time at First Step while I started a private practice in Bellevue, Washington.

Throughout decades of working in private practice I have pursued and established my self-care through the study of Buddhist thought and practice, the 8 limbs of yoga, pranayama, mindfulness and meditation, nutrition, holistic healing (I am a second degree Reiki master), and some of the Native American traditions.  As a life long learner, I continue to pursue my education through workshops, conferences, retreats, intensives, and training sessions. I have studied many modalities, although my foundation stems from phenomenology and a developmental framework in terms of human behavior. I am also a yoga teacher taught in the tradition of Purna Yoga.  For more information check out the websites for the College of Purna Yoga or The  Alive and Shine Center.

I enjoy working with individuals, couples, adolescents, families, and groups. I am also available for parent consultations for families that are having difficulty with communication, structure, and consistency. I offer both daytime and evening appointments.

If you are interested in learning more about how I work please, call and set up a Meet and Greet (a 30-40 minute no charge appointment designed to give you and me an opportunity to meet face to face in my office to help us determine how we might work together). Because of the COVID-19 impact on human social interactions I am available to meet with you online via Zoom, Face Time, Google Duo, on the phone, and in my office following the CDC guidelines.

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” – Buddha