Katie is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker and is supervised by Dr. Thomas Lucking. Katie partners with her clients to take a strength and client-centered approach. She is a trauma therapist who specializes in working with women who are victims of physical and/or mental abuse. She also specializes in women’s empowerment, school issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA+, transitional-aged youth, low self-esteem, and foster teens.
Katie has a specialty working with Neurodiverse couples. She works under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Lucking, PhD who is a published author, speaker, and expert in the field of Neurodiversity. Katie supports NT partners who are struggling with OTRS (Ongoing Traumatic Relationship Syndrome). She uses the Island of Shared meaning model that Dr. Lucking created to support ND relationships and partners to bridge the Neurodiverse gap that these relationships struggle with.
Katie utilizes a trauma-informed approach as the foundation for all of her therapy work. She uses a holistic lens and works on identifying personal, environmental, and cultural factors that impact mental health to assist individuals in reaching their goals and improving their quality of life. Katie believes that a caring and nonjudgmental environment is the best space to grow and heal from trauma. She has worked in a variety of settings including working with children, families, adults, neurodivergent individuals, immigrants and refugees, and in the foster care system. She has worked extensively on new and innovative approaches to helping individuals who are struggling with intimate partner violence and emotionally abusive partnerships.
Katie understands the struggles that come with experiencing significant trauma. She also understands the difficulty of navigating the world as a neurodivergent individual and the importance of community support and building healthy relationships. She understands the importance of cultural humility and has strong family connections to the Muslim population. Katie’s goal is to help her clients feel seen, heard, and validated. She hopes her work can empower clients to be their most authentic and confident selves.
- Neurodiverse couples including NT partner support
- Communication Skill Building using the Island of Shared Meaning model
- Trauma-related issues
- Teens and adolescence
- Transitional aged youth
- Abusive relationships
- Women’s issues
- Suicidal ideation
- School issues
Clients: Adults, Couples, Families, Parents, Teens
Modalities: Strengths based, Trauma focused CBT, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Island of Shared Meaning (ISM) communication, Motivational Interviewing, DBT Skills, Grounding and Mindfulness Techniques, client-centered
Locations: Telehealth, Tracy
“Katie is a great listener! She provides her thoughts at appropriate times and they’re not just placating but her truthful opinions. She comes across as caring, thoughtful, and engaged.”
– David P.
ADHD Diagnosed & Treated
“Therapy was something that I was always afraid to do, It got to the point where my depression and anxiety started to take over my life. School seemed to be out of reach since I was always having a hard time in class.
With the help of Katie, we came to the conclusion that I was suffering from ADHD. Once we got the diagnosis of ADHD, she started teaching me how to cope with it and use it to my advantage. Now I’m working on getting my masters degree in computer science and astronomy.
Thanks to Katie I went from hating life to looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”