Kathryn Willis, MS, LMHC

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 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

  • Navigating New Family Dynamics

  • Transitions

  • Family and Romantic Relationships

I am especially skilled in working with adolescents and young adults.  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 modalities are Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.  I am also skilled in Narrative Therapy and Expressive Therapy.  I work from a strengths-based, and client-centered approach, with a firm grounding in systems and family systems theories.  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

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor in Social Work- Texas State University 2013

  • Master of Science in Professional Counseling - Grand Canyon University 2018

  • Post-Master's Certificate in General Family Therapy - Northcentral University 2020

  • Mental Health Counselor Associate License- Washington State 2018 - 2021

  • Certified Trauma Professional - Evergreen Certifications 2020 - current

  • Mental Health Counselor License- Washington State 2021 - current

  • Therapeutic Experience since 2017