Kathryn Willis, MS, LMHCA

My Journey Into Therapy

I have always had a passion for helping individuals and families achieve goals, and maximize potential.  I bring creativity, enthusiasm and a strengths-based perspective to any task we tackle together.  My goal is to help you figure out what's working well, and help you identify ways to build upon that to make the improvements you hope to accomplish for your life.

Following my undergrad, I worked closely with children and families in their homes as a family-based caseworker for Child Protective Services.  During those three years, I was able to partner with families to meet basic needs and obtain resources that promote healthy family dynamics, mental health and a positive lifestyle.  Through this experience I also engaged in extensive partnerships with social and justice systems, which nurtured my eagerness to connect families to helpful resources, including a positive social support network when possible. 

I began work as a master's level mental health counseling intern in 2017.  Throughout my internship and after graduating with my Master's degree in 2018, I have enjoyed opportunities to host both in-office and community based sessions.  These experiences taught me the value of incorporating input and support from individuals who have a meaningful impact on your life, into the therapeutic process.  I am now honored to be able to serve individuals living in Washington via telehealth, and know that the creativity and innovation we bring into our partnership will allow us to continue building positive change with those who are most important to you, including family, friends, teachers, school counselors and other influential individuals who have a positive influence in your life!

I am a lover of education, and am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in an effort to continue building on the knowledge and skills that I bring to our work together, and to further shape a firm understanding of the effects of trauma on development and relationships.  I take the standard of competency seriously, and have worked hard to build the skills needed to best partner with you in the following areas:

  • Individual & Family Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Social Skills

  • Self-esteem

  • Motivation & Executive Functioning

  • Communication

  • Co-Parenting

  • Navigating New Family Dynamics

  • Transitions

  • Military Lifestyle

I am especially skilled in working with adolescents.  I value the impact that family therapy can have, especially for this age group.  In addition to individual and family sessions, I also provide couple's and group therapy.

​My primarily modality is Emotionally Focused Therapy, and I am also skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.  I work from a strengths-based, and client-centered approach, with a firm grounding in systems theory.  This means working holistically to help you thrive within the network of your life.  

 

PLEASE NOTE

Teletherapy creates some limitations to our partnership.  If you are experiencing worries that put you at a higher risk, or if you would benefit from greater access to your therapist, services which allow you and your therapist to meet face-to-face may be a better fit for you.  If you are having trouble locating a therapist with face-to-face services, please feel free to reach out for a 15 minute consultation for help finding local supports in your area, or visit my resource page.

Education & Qualifications

Let's Get In Touch

Please feel free to reach out if you are living in the state of Washington, and are interested in online services!​

connect@emergingstrengths.com

360-481-4488

Free 15 Minute Consultation

 

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