Katie Gaskins

LSWAIC

Background

Struggle is a universal experience, yet we often suffer alone. Reaching out can be hard; putting yourself first can feel foreign. Whatever the circumstance bringing you into therapy, there is the opportunity for growth & healing to be found. Exploring our interpretations of life experiences helps us to understand how we have shaped beliefs we hold about ourselves & our world. With that understanding we can identify the tools and coping skills needed to move forward. You are capable of evolving your mindset, recognizing your value; discovering your resilience; healing from hurt; & letting go of the anxieties & beliefs that hold you back.

Therapy is for all of us, but what it means & how it works is unique to each of us. This is because you are unique, with a story unlike anyone I’ve met before. To curate a personalized mixed tape of interventions, I pull techniques from multiple therapy styles such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, & Expressive Art. I emphasize collaboration customized to the needs of the moment, & grounded in progress toward therapeutic goals. I make the effort to not only meet clients where they are, but I want to validate where they’ve been. I believe you can’t see how far you’ve come if you don’t acknowledge where you started.

I’m humbled to have a decade of experience, where every day I have fallen in love with my job all over again. I am a mental health advocate with firsthand experience in the everlasting journey of mental illness. I fully embrace Spoon Theory & I try to spend my own spoons wisely. I also have a parent’s perspective of the uncertainty, challenges, & beauty of raising a neurodiverse child. This personal insight, accompanied by my professional training, allows me to connect compassionately & empathetically with individuals & families. Whether you are looking for someone to help your kiddo find their anxiety fighting super powers; to empower your teen, building their self esteem as they form their identity; or to support you through making healthy boundaries & processing trauma, I’m here to provide a safe space to feel heard. Finding the right therapist can be a challenge, & it’s important that you sense a connection where you feel validated & capable of building trust. My hope is that you find the right person to give you the kind of support you need, whether it be to help push, guide, discover, or remember. If you would like to explore our potential to build that relationship together, I encourage you to reach out & schedule a consultation. I’m here to help.

 

Specialties:

  • Coping Skills
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma & PTSD

Subspecialties:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Illness
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Women’s Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • LGBTQIA+

 

Types of Therapy Offered:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Parent Coaching
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused

Modality:

  • Individual
  • Family

     

Age Specialty:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Children (6 to 10)