Hello! My name is Katherine Holley. I am a Licensed Mental Health Clinician with over 12 years of experience. I am located in Michigan where I began my career in counseling in 2006 as a therapist at a Faith Based not for profit agency assisting people to make difficult transitions in careers and sometimes facing homelessness. I moved to another Faith Based Agency and my positions were Outpatient Therapist, Intensive Outpatient Group Facilitator, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Couples Counselor and Primary Therapist for children in foster care. I then relocated to a higher level of need agency which focuses on more intrusive issues such as those having symptoms that lead to frequent hospitalizations without treatment. As you can see, I have been honored to help people in many different life situations. I believe that keeping a strong connection to God through prayer, meditation and scripture, remaining non-judgmental and my goal of serving others has made me successful in that I am able to exclusively focus on your needs and goals.
I am a Christian and I believe in the Word of God to have all of the solutions to our problems. That being said, it is the foundation of everything I do and say so I am able to speak on the Bible truths through examples in our world today. I am able to understand and council the problems that Christians face in this world and refer to scripture as needed.
If you have any reservations about online counseling, I encourage you to give it a try, as I have found it to be a highly effective and convenient therapeutic modality and can attest to this with utmost confidence.
My clinical philosophy is one of a humanistic nature, with emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as the most essential building block of the counseling process. My therapeutic style is warm, interactive, attentive and compassionate. I believe that genuineness, unconditional positive regard and empathy are critical to the helping process. As needed, I am also direct and structured in my approach and tend to assign therapeutic homework or tasks to enhance the progression of the helping process in between sessions.
My educational background includes: a Bachelor's degree with honors of Arts in Social Work from University of Michigan a master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor Michigan; and additional post-graduate coursework in Substance Abuse Counseling, trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, Motivational practices, Mindfulness and Meditation courses and I am trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Eating Disorders, and specialized in family/Relationship studies. I enjoy the pursuit of continued education, training and professional development through ongoing seminars in specialized areas, reading and self-study. I highly value knowledge, information and effective application of therapeutic theories, models, strategies, and techniques that may benefit the people I serve.
Depression, anxiety and stress are some of the most common challenges faced by individuals who seek counseling. In this realm, I have worked with children, adolescents and adults in residential/hospital, outpatient and community-based settings. I have provided individual, group and family services around these issues, and facilitated psycho-educational counseling groups and workshops on coping skills, stress management/reduction, self-esteem and assertive communication training. My approach, though eclectic, tends to be cognitive-behavioral, which is very effective in treating these issues. This active intervention is problem-focused and goal-directed in examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and modifying unhelpful or negative patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive beliefs and actions, to improve coping and overall wellness. I also educate clients on the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills i.e., mindfulness practice and self-compassion to address and validate one's personal experience with distress, pain and suffering; and help diminish associated negative symptoms. Learning how to self-soothe and regulate emotions through effective relaxation, calming and grounding strategies is a significant component of my clinical approach in addressing depression, anxiety and stress.
Throughout my career, I have helped children, adolescents and families work through grief/loss challenges. In my professional opinion, there is no one particular formula for grieving. Though there are common elements or phases of grief, everyone grieves differently. It is a very personal experience and individual response to coping with significant loss of any kind - death, separation/divorce, relocation, retirement, job loss/change, etc. Grief occurs in stages, which may come like waves in the ocean, ascending and receding at any given time and in no particular order. I am skilled at helping people understand this phenomenon and learn how to navigate these treacherous waters. I have expertise in providing compassionate support and effective strategies to aid individuals through this vulnerable and difficult time toward a place of healing and acceptance.
I genuinely admire your initiative and courage to reach out for support, and look forward to working together toward your goals. With patience and commitment and dedication to this process, this is the first step toward a happier and healthier or more evolved you.
I hope to hear from you soon,
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LMSW #6801094477 (Expires: 2022-04-01)
Katherine's counselling sessions with me have been most helpful thus far. Her level of expertise and counselling technique is non biased and in my best interest. I like how she challenges me to do introspect as well as to step outside of my comfort zone so that I can become a better me. She is kind and a good listener which I appreciate. I look forward to our weekly live sessions.