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Therapist Spotlight: Kate Penkethman, Graduate Clinical Intern

What inspired you to become a counselor?

Studying art and psychology in my undergraduate years at Wheaton College broadened my understanding of what counseling can be. In creative spaces, I was able to learn about the therapeutic aspects of art-making and hear from others about their own experiences of healing in the midst of their creative process. Both art and counseling allow space for processing the difficult aspects of life, as well as foster new insights and possibilities. I seek to integrate what I have learned from my undergraduate studies into my work as a counselor.

What is something you would like new clients to know about beginning the counseling process?

Counseling requires that you bring your whole self into the counseling space, which has the potential to be both fulfilling and draining. Beginning the counseling process can be overwhelming and scary, but it is worth it. Healing is important, sacred work that often takes time. You are worth investing time in your healing journey.

How would you describe your style or approach in counseling?

My style of counseling is rooted in a relational-cultural therapeutic approach, which centers the importance of community in the healing process for the individual. Oftentimes, our experiences of distress and trauma are rooted in broken relationships and isolation from others. However, it is in connection with others that we are better able to see ourselves and grow. In viewing individual healing as interdependent with the healing of others, it is equally important to center culture and identity in the counseling space. The holistic healing of the individual requires holding space for the entire person in the counseling process.

What self-care practices do you enjoy doing most?

I love to spend time with my loved ones, especially with my sister, Winnie. I also enjoy cooking, exercising regularly, and embroidering when I have the time and energy.

How do I schedule an appointment with Kate?

To schedule an appointment with Kate contact us here or email her directly at kpenkethman@springtreecounseling.com.

If you would like to learn more about Kate, you can also check out her biography here.

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