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Therapist Spotlight: Katie Chamberlain, MA, LPC

What inspired you to become a counselor?

I grew up in a family with a myriad of mental health issues. I also had several friends disclose stories of their trauma to me throughout my middle school to college years. These types of experiences combined with other interests (if I’m being honest, I’m referring to tv dramas like Criminal Minds), raised the question of: “What made this person who they are?” Yet I noticed that in the midst of the sadness and brokenness of people’s stories, healthy relationships had the capacity to bring about incredible healing. I wanted to be a part of this crazy process, so I pursued a career in counseling.

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

It’s okay to feel nervous! Sharing deep and difficult parts of your life with a stranger is no easy task. I’d encourage you to be as open with your therapist as you feel comfortable and try to just be yourself. Also know that the therapeutic process takes time and things may even feel worse before getting better. But putting in the effort to keep working through the difficult parts will bring rewards you may not have thought possible!

How would you describe your style or approach when counseling?

Though I customize my approaches to the person sitting across from me, the types of therapy that I use most often are psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. I tend to focus on helping people understand themselves in the context of their family of origin and attachment, to identify their values and strengths, and to equip them with the skills they need to address their issues. My goal is to foster a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere using warmth and curiosity.

What self-care practices do you enjoy doing the most?

Some of my favorite self-care activities include reading, writing, drawing and painting. I enjoy playing sports like soccer or basketball, or just plain running if teammates are in short supply. As a foodie, I’m always down to cook a new recipe or try out a restaurant. I’ll also never say no to a movie night with friends or family.

How do I schedule an appointment with Katie?

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

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

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