Katie is a licensed mental health counselor associate and a nationally registered dance/movement therapist. Non-verbal communication is essential to children’s expression, and movement psychotherapy provides a helpful tool to gain a greater understanding of their experience. Katie uses a child-centered and strength-based approach to discover and develop internal coping mechanisms to translate from therapy, home, and school environments.
Katie began dancing at the age of three and has thoroughly enjoyed where this journey has taken her. Gaining 15 years of teaching experience, performing across Europe and earned a Bachelor of Arts in dance and social work from Chapman University, Katie found her calling of bringing movement to all populations, ages, and abilities.
Katie earned her master of arts degree in Counseling & Dance/movement therapy from Columbia College Chicago. Through her clinical experience, Katie has worked with children and adolescents experiencing mental illness with varying abilities in both inpatient and residential behavioral health settings. Katie also worked to provide mental health support in Chicago public schools using a trauma-informed approach to address social, emotional and academic challenges.
Katie is originally from Washington State and enjoys kayaking, yoga, spending time with loved ones and nurturing her own creativity.