Katrina Kessler, MS
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Katrina has experience and training working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, emotion regulation, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, life transitions, codependency, perfectionism, parenting and inner child work. She has experience in both individual and group therapy. She has worked in a range of settings including an online parenting community, inpatient adolescent hospital, outpatient mental health clinic and college counseling centers. She also spent many years working in both the mental health research and training worlds where she completed various mental health trainings focusing on suicide assessment and interventions.
She believes that building a therapeutic relationship with a child, adult or family is an honor and should not be taken lightly. She strives to create a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere in her sessions. She aims to curate a collaborative process where she develops treatment plans based on the individual’s temperament, past history and current needs. She uses a holistic approach bringing in methods such as talk therapy, play therapy, nature therapy, CBT and attachment work. Katrina believes empathy, playfulness and understanding can be powerful tools in therapy with both adults and children.
Katrina is a passionate advocate for children and parent’s mental health. She has a special ability to see the good inside all children and uses this perspective to help anchor her framework when difficult behaviors are presented. She has run online parenting support groups for caregivers as well as provided parenting consultations. She also has experience running nature groups for caregivers and their children, where she helps caregivers connect further to their children in nature. She truly believes in the healing power of nature.
Katrina is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor practicing under the supervision of Dr. Courtney Glickman. Katrina completed undergraduate work at James Madison University with a double major in Psychology and Communications. She obtained her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Katrina is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.