Katy is an advocate for holistic wellness, that focuses on emotional, physical, spiritual, and social health. She blends a strengths based approach and relational orientation with her down-to-earth personality to bring both complexity and ease to the therapeutic space. She frequently enjoys laughter with her clients and genuinely engages them in the search for deeper understandings of themselves and their relationships.
Katy’s clinical style uses a human-centered and down-to-earth approach to establishing rapport with her clients. She’s skilled in helping individuals and couples address an array of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship challenges, identity/interpersonal development, substance abuse/recovery and concerns regarding communication and intimacy.
Katy believes we already have all the tools we need for fulfillment and purpose. Whether the goal is to make changes to behaviors, relational styles, or other aspects of our lives that contribute to us feeling “stuck,” her focus is on our capacity for resilience and positive growth through adversity.
She primarily operates from a cognitive-behavioral lens, and incorporates other modalities and techniques as indicated. Katy prides herself in combining effective treatment plans with themes of mindfulness, compassion, directiveness and a supportive, non-judgmental stance that helps clients feel empowered as they achieve successful outcomes in a positive environment, within and outside of the therapeutic context.
Katy completed her undergraduate education at Creighton University. She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She was awarded her doctoral degree from Pepperdine University through the Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program. She holds a professional license as a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Wisconsin.
Since 2008, Katy has completed training and worked at medical centers, clinics, inpatient hospitals, outpatient programs and forensic facilities throughout Southern California. She completed an APA-accredited, pre-doctoral internship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center in the Forensic Psychology Track, working in various clinics at the hospital and at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center.
Katy completed a one-year, specialized post-doctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Mendota Mental Health Institute. She maintains a full-time position as a licensed psychologist on a maximum security unit, focusing on forensic evaluations and psychological assessment. Katy has pursued a dual-focus in forensic and clinical psychology and has provided treatment and psychological services to a diverse range of individuals in a variety of modalities and formats.