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Catherine McLaughlin, MA, NCC, LPC

catherinemclaughlinCatherine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Secondary School Counselor.

Catherine offers individual and group therapy to adolescents/teens and young adults ages 13 to 25 and parents, and has a special interest in girl’s/women’s issues, mothering, and mindfulness. She also offers specialized services to educational institutions.

Catherine earned a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development – School Counseling from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and completed a post-masters course of study at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

A Holistic Approach

Catherine is an integrative clinician, which means that she takes multiple approaches to the therapy. You will work together to address your most pressing concerns first, using strategies to enable you to have some relief from your symptoms. As symptoms improve, emotions are uncovered and acknowledged. Above all, Catherine is interested in developing the relationship, which provides a safe place to explore your concerns together in a respectful and collaborative way.

More specifically, Catherine’s theoretical orientation includes strengths-based, family-systems, and psychodynamic theories. She will use holistic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches to guide the therapeutic process. While Catherine’s orientation is her guide, therapy is specifically tailored to the person who is sitting in front of her, and will look different for each individual or group.

Adolescents and Teens

Adolescence can be an exciting but scary time for parents and teens. Teens so often feel invisible and powerless, just as they are developing their identities and sense of self. It is a stage of rapid-fire development, stress, and changes. Thus, sometimes symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, and depression may emerge. Catherine’s work with teens encourages them to feel heard and understood, while working together to figure things out.

Older Adolescents, Young Adults & Millennials

Leaving the family “nest” is a big milestone for adolescents in this age group. It is an exciting time, but can be overwhelming as teens solidify their own identity separate from their family of origin.

Graduating from high school, leaving home, graduating from college, finding a job — many major life transitions happen between the ages of 18 and 25. It is not uncommon to struggle through what may be exciting and stressful times.

Catherine’s work with older adolescents and Millennials focuses on their identity development and making sense of themselves in their world.

Mothers

Today’s mothers, more than moms of any other generation, are wondering why they feel like they’re never doing enough. Shuttling children to activities and playdates, planning “perfect” birthday parties, staying on top of trendy kid’s clothes, deciphering the latest parenting advice — the media’s ideas of mothering very easily causes moms to lose their personal and professional identities.

You can easily become immersed in your role as a mother and forget about yourself. It can be confusing to figure out how something as joyous as having a baby and a family can so often make you feel stressed, lonely, and stuck, which can sometimes lead to feeling symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.

Catherine’s work with moms encourages women to listen to their inner voice and reconnect with themselves to be the women they already are.

Parents

It is often said that parenting is the hardest, but the most rewarding, job on earth.

There are days when it seems like the parenting evolves naturally and the family system grows and changes together. Then, there are days when it seems like everyone is on a different page and not communicating at all.Parenting advice comes flying from all different directions — it can be overwhelming to decide which book to read, method to use, voice to listen to.

Catherine’s work with parents and families helps unpack what’s causing the confusion and get back on track.

Therapeutic Support Groups

Catherine facilitates various therapeutic groups throughout the year. Working in a group can help to normalize concerns while providing a safe space for sharing thoughts and fears. Therapeutic growth can often happen more quickly as a result. Please check the calendar for her upcoming groups:

  • Mindfulness for Teens
  • Adolescent Girls
  • From High School to College
  • College Students

Secondary Schools

As a Pennsylvania-certified Secondary School Counselor, Catherine knows how hard it can be for one counselor to meet the needs of their entire caseload. She offers specialized services to educational institutions, such as:

  • Student Assistance Program support
  • Individual Counseling within the school setting
  • Group Counseling within the school setting
  • Personalized lesson plans that connect with the ASCA National Model and PA Educational Guidelines
  • School Counseling program design and support

 

Therapy with Catherine can help with the following concerns:

Anxiety ~ Depression ~ Panic Attacks ~ Grief & Loss ~ Trauma ~ Behavior ~ Anger ~ Perfectionism ~ Self-Esteem ~ Conflict ~ Relationship Concerns ~ Academic Performance ~ Loneliness ~ Lack of Motivation ~ Shame & Guilt ~ Transitions ~ Parenting

 

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Karen Steinbrecher

KarenSteinbrecherKaren Steinbrecher teaches Qi Gong classes.

As a certified Senior Fitness instructor for 23 years and a QiGong  practitioner for the last 15 years, Karen is able to personalize her QiGong sessions for her clients.

About Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a 5000 year old practice. Qi Gong consists of slow, meditative, separate standing exercises used for overall wellbeing and promoting a healthy flow of Qi [Chi – energy] throughout the body. Qi Gong is a form of self-care that is central to Chinese medicine by teaching you to integrate slow-flowing physical movements and breathing to counteract the stress and strain of daily life, to restore the body and the mind, and to improve health by strengthening the immune system.

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Dean Solon

Meditation Group Leader

Dean Solon

Dean Solon

Dean began to meditate during the winter of 1970-1971 after a series of experiences—external and internal—had led him to question the assumptions underlying his life.  Since that time, he has continued with a meditation practice, sitting twice a day, every day.

He has studied many of the world wisdom traditions, with particular emphasis on the teachings of the Buddha and Jesus, and in the shamanic and Sufi traditions. For the past four years he has been leading a weekly meditation group.

For more than 32 years he worked for the Social Security Administration, meeting with clients who were applying for and receiving SSI benefits (the needs-based program administered by the agency).

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Tracey A. Smith, M.Ed., CTRS

Recreational Therapy and Behavioral Health

Tracey is a nationally certified Recreational Therapist, through the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation, certified since 1983. Tracey has extensive experience in the behavioral health field specializing in Adjunctive Therapies and Program Development. She creatively uses Recreational Therapy to encourage resiliency and healing for participants.  Her mission is to promote Wellness and the “Playful Spirit” for individuals, families, and communities to help manage and maintain a stress-less lifestyle.

Wellness Education and Healing

Tracey is committed to promoting emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health and empowering participants to experience greater well-being and actively engage in creating positive lifestyle changes. She also enjoys assisting participants in the healing process using techniques that encourage self-care, personal responsibility and resiliency.

Creative Programs that Get Everyone Engaged

Tracey has provided workshops and trainings for various populations including women, adolescents, teen parents, elementary school students, adjudicated/at risk youth and participants with recovery challenges. She enjoys designing an atmosphere where participants can feel safe to explore their own personal challenges, issues of self-care and lifestyle management, while learning alternative ways of healing.

Tracey’s workshops of special interest include:

  • wellness education
  • self-esteem
  • stress/anger management
  • resiliency
  • relationships
  • trauma, and
  • spiritual growth.

Utilizing the creative arts, her workshops are interactive and experiential addressing individual strengths and developmental assets to enhance awareness of positive choices. Her interactive and holistic approach to program leadership enables her to engage even the most resistant participant.

Restorative Practices

The programs Tracey facilitates integrate Restorative Practices, a positive communication style at the center of the conflict transformation model. She is committed to assisting in the creation of peaceable communities. As President of Wellness Wrks LLC & Associates, Tracey assures that her organization provides workshops that introduce participants into the healing arts such asReiki, Music for relaxation, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Tai Chi Kung, Visual Arts, Yoga, and Dance/Movement.

Clinical Experience

Tracey has provided consultation and professional staff development for hospitals, nursing homes, community-based, state, and non-profit agencies. Tracey’s clinical experience includes employment for ten years at Temple University Hospital, Department of Behavioral Health as Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies, Director of Therapeutic Programs, and Director of Partial Hospitalization program. She has provided clinical supervision and department management for various disciplines and students, fulfilling the expectations of a teaching hospital, and served non-profit, municipal, government and private agencies in self-care and peaceable communities.

Certification and Professional Affiliations

Certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

NCTRC is a charter member organization of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NCTRC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying agencies (NCCA), National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA). Additional memberships and professional associations include:

  • Ethnic Minority Society Membership
  • The American Therapeutic Recreation association (ATRA)
  • The Institute for Restorative Practices and Institute for Family Professionals
  • The African American Holistic Healers Association

Programs at The Resiliency Center

Tracey has facilitated several different group workshops at The Resiliency Center and is always looking for new ideas for how to bring wellness and recreational therapy benefits to the community. Workshops led have included Women and Wellness, Teen Wellness Leadership, and Wellness for Women of Color.

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Rachel Kobin

RachelKobinCreative Writing with the Philadelphia Writers Workshop

As the director of the Philadelphia Writers Workshop, Rachel Kobin currently offers two creative writing workshops in the greater Philadelphia region. Rachel uses the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method to create a supportive, collaborative setting for writers of all backgrounds. The workshop allows beginners to explore their unique voice, and provides experienced writers a forum where they can further develop their craft.

Rachel received her training in the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method with Alison Hicks. Alison Hicks is the founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio. Previously, Rachel was a member of the Havertown location workshop for eight years.

Career in Writing, Film and Television Production

Rachel Kobin has been a writer ever since she adapted Louise Fitzhugh’s book, Harriet the Spy, into a play for her third grade classmates to perform. Later, as part of her early career in film and television, she worked for the producer of the movie at Viacom.

Rachel’s experience as a professional writer and editor includes:

  • Critiquing screenplays
      • For filmmaker Jonathan Demme
      • Director of Silence of the Lambs, and Philadelphia
  • Editing of short stories, novels, non-fiction, and technical writing
  • Writing corporate communications, marketing communications, and advertising

Most of the time Rachel focuses on running workshops and advising private editing clients as they develop their manuscripts. With the help of her manuscript workshop writers, she makes time to write a TV pilot for a satirical series featuring dynamic roles for actresses ranging in age from 20 to 70.

Rachel finds helping writers navigate through the adventure of creating exhilarating. She is thrilled by long-time workshop participant Eric Bell’s recent success at finding an agent to represent him and his novel, Alan Kim is Not a Coward.

N.B. Although she is sensitive to emotional issues, and while writing can be therapeutic, Rachel Kobin has no official training or licensing as a therapist. Writing workshops can be a great compliment to therapy, but should never substitute for professional psychiatric or psychological care.

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Stacey M. Vinci, M.A., LMFT

StaceyVinciStacey M. Vinci is a Pennsylvania Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

She holds a M.A. degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University. She also earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from La Salle University. Stacey is a clinical member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

She has worked as an individual, couples, family, and group therapist and as an outpatient substance abuse therapist in Philadelphia, PA. Stacey has trained and practiced as a Behavioral Health Needs Assessor and has provided assessments, resources and referral assistance to youth and families in their school and community environments as well as residential treatment centers. She also maintains a practice office in Newtown, PA and is an admission counselor and adjunct faculty member at La Salle University.

Individual and Family Therapy

Individual and family therapy can both be conducted from a systems perspective, with the belief that we all exist in relationship to others and that our level of differentiation is often a key factor in understanding ourselves and identifying our personal, relational and life goals. Stacey takes a strengths-based approach and often meets clients where they are and works collaboratively with clients and/or their families in helping them identify goals for therapy.

Marital/Couples Counseling

Relationships can be challenging at times and they require a conscious effort from both partners to maintain a healthy and satisfying connection. Couples counseling requires each partner to work on individual issues as well as issues within their relationship. During couples counseling we may explore a combination of relational issues, intergenerational patterns within the family system, as well as interpersonal dynamics; addressing issues from anger and resentment to intimacy, trust andcommunication skills.

Teen Counseling

Stacey specializes in working with teens and young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, life transitions, family conflict, parent-child relationship issues, and self-identity,gender identity, and sexuality issues. Techniques and interventions focus on developing healthy coping skills, creating a positive self-image, and strengthening healthy relationships and support system.

Sexuality and Gender Identity Counseling

Individual and group counseling can be available for those struggling in identifying and expressing thoughts and feelings related to issues of sexuality and gender identity. Therapy will focus on creating a safe and trusting environment, providing psychoeducation for clients and/or their families, and assisting clients in developing a positive identity, greater self-confidence, and increasing the use of healthy coping skills and effective communication skills.

Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals and Families and Teen Intervention

Psychoeducation, coping skills, and outside resources and supports are utilized in sessions to assist clients and/or their families with the recovery process. Techniques focused on teen intervention can be provided for adolescents who are experimenting with substances and will focus on decreasing the likelihood of continued substance use and/or substance abuse. Therapy goals would also focus on negative versus positive peer influences, psychoeducation, healthy outlets, and coping skills. Stacey has worked in outpatient, community and school settings, and residential treatment programs working with adults, families, and adolescents at all stages of the recovery process.

Trauma Therapy

Stacey works with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced past trauma that is impacting their current functioning in school, work, and family/ peer/ partner relationships. Stacey utilizes Trauma Art Narrative Therapy techniques as well as Trauma-Focused CBT techniques when working with clients.

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John Muraco ATR RYT

JohnMuracoArt Therapy, Herbalism, Holistic Health Coaching

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.  – Aristotle

Renewed connectedness to others… Recharged powers of self expression… And a clarified pursuit of personal goals: All these forms of wellbeing are within reach for every individual, no matter what challenging life events seem to be blocking the way.  People have their own unique inner resources that can help them heal and re-embrace their lives.

Background

Since 2000 John has studied many approaches to enhancing creative expression and wellness, and to achieving self-expression, stress reduction, and the restoration of personal power.  These practices have included the visual and performing arts, and holistic health and Lifestyle coaching to promote physical and emotional health.  John received his Masters in Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts where he gained valuable experience using art in hospitals, with male and female veterans, amputees, and people living with cancer, dementia, and other challenging diagnoses.

JohnMuraco-drummingHe found that that art therapy provided a critical space for relaxing, and an expressive outlet for physical pain and deep emotions that were nearly impossible to put into words.  His professional experience has included work with children and adolescents wrestling with traumatic circumstances. The power of creative expression, movement, and free choice prove to be instrumental in supporting young people in moving forward.  In addition to continuing his focus on adolescents and those with medical conditions, John has expanded his focus to include bringing the benefits of expressive therapy and relaxation methods to veterans and uniformed service professionals.

Credentials

  • Masters of Professional Studies – Art Therapy
  • ATR – Registered Art Therapist
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certification – Prana Yoga
  • RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance
  • Bachelors of Science – Art Education
  • Herbal Wellness Coach and Lifestyle Consultant

Art and Expressive Therapies

The best thing about art therapy is that it does not require artistic talent.  Also, if you enjoy art-making of any kind, or want to learn some new techniques, art therapy could be a supportive outlet for you.  Art therapy is a combination of using creative and visual expression and psychotherapy to allow people to express feelings and life experiences.

Serving youth ages 8-19 and young adults 20-35.

John Muraco's office

John Muraco’s office

John creates a safe space where individuals can choose from various media that may include:

  • drawing
  • clay and simple sculpture
  • photography
  • writing
  • music
  • collage
  • water color
  • journaling

Those who have difficulty putting words to feelings can thrive in an art therapy setting.  Further, it can promote deeper self-understanding, and give back control within your life.  You may also explore ways to reduce stress within your life that could include simple exercise, breathing techniques, and other coping mechanisms.

Art therapy can support feelings and difficulties associated with:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief and loss
  • difficulties at school
  • low self-esteem
  • traumatic medical events and illness (amputation, cancer, pain, medically associated PTSD)
  • uniformed service professionals and post-deployment difficulties
  • difficult and challenging life events

Art therapy can be helpful for those with a desire to find creative alternatives for self-expression and self-understanding.

IMG_2750Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coaching

If you are looking for beneficial and creative ways to rebuild your health and learn supportive wellness strategies, health counseling might be for you.  John works collaboratively with each person to formulate a customized health plan that meets your needs.

Often in the wake of difficult life events, people report feeling uninspired, tired, numb, and stressed out.  These feelings, or lack of feeling, can block you from accessing personal potential, and may cause disconnect in the ability to make clear life choices. We will begin to explore simple ways in which food can support health, introducing teas and other herbal blends for emotional support and improved immune system functioning, and discuss daily wellness routines that can reduce stress bring greater vitality.

Possible topics to be addressed:

  • learning the art of tea making and specific blends to meet your health needs
  • the healing benefits of essential oils
  • A deeper understanding of personal wellness and seasonal health
  • various forms of herbal remedies to meet the needs of your lifestyle – all crafted by a clinical herbalist using the highest quality organic ingredients
  • food education, and how food and nutrition can be used to support your immune system
  • flower essences to support you through transition, and aid in stress reduction
  • simple ‘do anywhere’ exercises to promote health, vitality and relaxation
  • Yoga postures and breathing techniques for strength and stress reduction
  • Expressive outlets that will support your personal self-expression
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Kimberly Katz Vargas, LCSW

KimVargasKim Vargas is a Clinical Social Worker licensed in the State of Pennsylvania.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Brown University and graduated from Catholic University with a Masters in Social Work.

She has been a psychotherapist for over 12 years working with clients to address a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting and relationships. She is trained in both Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapies, and utilizes techniques from both to promote growth, empowerment, and a greater level of happiness in her clients.

Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families

Anxiety and Depression

Everyone has some degree of anxiety or worry in their lives.  At times, however, this worry can become overwhelming, making it difficult to enjoy daily activities, or preventing people from taking part in important events.  Anxiety can interfere in relationships with significant people, including partners, children, co-workers, and friends.

Similarly, feelings of depression can limit an individual’s ability to engage and take pleasure in life.  Symptoms of depression may include general feelings of unhappiness or malaise, isolation, changes in eating or sleeping, and difficulties experiencing emotional and physical intimacy.

Kim has a great deal of experience helping clients identify the factors contributing to anxiety and/ordepression, and creating plans to address those factors.  She helps clients better understand how underlying thoughts, beliefs, perceptions and past experiences affect mood in the present.  She then assists clients in figuring out how to make changes that ultimately result in a major reduction in anxietyand depression and the symptoms (emotional and physical) associated with them.

Self-Esteem

A positive sense of self is key to feeling happy and satisfied overall.  For many people, feeling good about themselves is challenging.  For some, low confidence or self worth is pervasive in most areas of their lives.  For others, it may be difficult to feel confident in particular settings.  Kim addresses issues surrounding self-esteem by examining the roots of the negative self view, looking at faulty perceptions of self, and helping clients to rework their self view.  Ultimately this results in individuals who are happier, more confident, and more optimistic about the future.

Relationships and Couples Counseling

Relationships with significant others are sometimes a tremendous source of stress.   Communication, differences of opinion about child-rearing, finances, major life transitions, and lack of quality time together can contribute to feelings of alienation or isolation in a relationship.  As relationships evolve, differences in world view, religious background and cultural upbringing can start to emerge.  Kim helps couples to communicate better with each other, reach compromises in problem areas, and reconnect to each other.  She also works with couples who are moving toward a deeper commitment, and want some counseling before taking the next step toward engagement, marriage or cohabitation.

Parenting

Kim has expertise in working with parents to manage the challenges of parenting, from birth or adoption through becoming a grandparent.  Parenthood is a wonderful and rewarding time of life, but it can also be very overwhelming.  It can bring up unexpected thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to share with friends and family.  New motherhood can be an especially challenging time as moms struggle with their new identity (and loss of old identities), body image, feelings of isolation, relationships with significant others, and anxieties about doing the “right” thing.  Kim helps parents navigate this unchartered territory by providing emotional support, as well as assistance in problem-solving.  Parenting work may be done in individual sessions, or in a support group.

New Moms Support Groups

Kim offers support groups to new moms to address the challenges and joys of new parenthood.  These groups are an opportunity for moms to meet other women at the same stage of life, and to share thoughts, feelings, fears, and accomplishments in a nurturing, confidential environment.  Mothers are invited to bring their pre-walking babies to these groups.  Please contact Kim for more information about joining an upcoming group.

Clinical Supervision for Social Workers

Kim Vargas provides supervision for both new and experienced social workers.  Kim really enjoys helping new clinicians to discover their own therapeutic style and to understand their own reactions to their client’s thoughts and feelings.  She assists therapists in integrating their classroom learning with their work in the actual therapy room.  For more experienced therapists, Kim provides case consultation and ongoing clinical support.

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Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC

Elizabeth Campbell is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual and family counseling for children and adults.

She uses an empowerment and strength-based approach as well as facilitating workshops combining yoga and counseling. Her specialties include child and family therapy, mindfulness, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and play therapy.

Play Therapy

The ability to express oneself is directly correlated with one’s developmental level. Therefore, children express themselves in much different ways than adults and require different therapeutic interventions than traditional talk therapy. Elizabeth provides a variety of mediums for children to express themselves through their language: play. She is trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy and in Eliana Gil’s Integrative Model of Play Therapy for children that experienced trauma. She also partners with parents in Filial Therapy, which builds strong relationships with children and supports parents in creating consistent structure at home.

Elizabeth Campbell's office

Elizabeth Campbell’s office

Creative Counseling for Adolescents

The developmental task of adolescents is to create a sense of identity.  Elizabeth’s humanistic, client-centered, empowerment approach, founded in the individual’s strengths supports teenage clients in doing just this.  Elizabeth also utilizes creative strategies to engage teens and promote change inside and outside of sessions.

Trauma-Informed Care

In this approach to treatment, the clinician asks “what happened to you” rather than “what’s wrong with you.”  Trauma impacts the whole individual.  Elizabeth’s holistic, humanistic approach addresses the whole person and provides support in moving forward with one’s life.

Elizabeth is a certified sexual assault counselor and is trained in a variety of trauma-specific treatment modalities including the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM)Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, and Eliana Gil’s Integrative Model of Play Therapy.

Elizabeth Campbell's office

Elizabeth Campbell’s office

Workshops and Mind-Body Treatment

Elizabeth has had the joy of combining a personal passion, yoga, with her professional path through workshops and groups to bring yogic principles into treatment and subsequently, into one’s life. Elizabeth runs ongoing groups and workshops that address emotional healing through a combination of yoga and therapy as well as bringing these and mindfulness principles into individual sessions.

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Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

KathleenKrolKathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S provides individual counseling and child and adolescent family therapy.

She uses Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy, two established modalities that are recognized for their effectiveness with children and adolescents.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years post graduate training in Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. She is credentialed  as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Certified Play-Family Therapist. She has completed the EMDR Basic Training, EMDR Training with Children and Adolescents and Trauma Art Narrative Therapy training.

Family and Child Centered Therapy

Typical therapy sessions begin with a comprehensive developmental and life history to identify and resolve “root” causes of problems to promote long-term healing. Treatment includes family therapy with the parent and child together, individual play therapy or sand tray therapy with the child, and parent coaching and feedback sessions.

Family Therapy

My work is with the family as well as with the child or adolescent. My family focused approach to treatment looks at both the immediate problem and the underlying causes. Through training and experience, I understand how unless the ‘root’ cause of the problem is addressed, symptoms will cease only temporarily, manifest in different behaviors later or develop in another family member. I recognize that problems or behaviors exhibited by one child often impact other members of the family and when family dynamics may play a role in their continuation.

Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy

As a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Kathleen facilitates healing through play therapy and sand tray, the child’s tools for communication and self-expression.

I enjoy using play and sand in my work with children and find myself blessed to observe the healing process as it unfolds.  I strive to be open to the unique characteristics and resources of each family with whom I work.

Adult, Children and Teen Therapy Specializations

Kathleen brings with her a range of experiences over the course of the past ten plus years including work with children, adolescents, and families at an outpatient mental health clinic, home settings, schools, acute and chronic inpatient hospital units, and employee assistance programs.

I provide a safe and supportive environment for children, adolescents and adults experiencing trauma, grief and loss, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, behavior issues, and ADHD.  The treatment approach I use to best fit your individual or family needs may incorporate Sand Tray, Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, cognitive behavior techniques, stress management and relaxation techniques,EMDR, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy and Filial Family Therapy.

Kathleen Krol's Sand Tray Office

Kathleen Krol’s Sand Tray Office

Sand Tray Therapy with Adults and Teens

Kathleen provides Sand Tray Therapy, in addition to counseling, as an approach to working with adults and teens. Sand Tray therapy offers another modality for reluctant teens to express themselves. Both adolescents and adults may experience emotional release through use of symbolism and projection of feelings unto the sand tray miniatures. Individualized Sand Tray sessions offering self-awareness, clarity and self-growth can be scheduled for one or more sessions.

Focusing Sand Tray Therapy 

This is a specialized means of using sand tray therapy that allows one to focus specifically on a problem, issue or fear. It might be a problem or place where one feels continuously stuck. This sand tray approach uses mindfulness meditation techniques combined with guided exploration or dialogue leading to deeper insight into the problem, issue or fear. It involves tuning into one’s somatic (body) experience and feeling affect awareness. The experience of Focusing Sand Tray can be profoundly meaningful. Individualized Sand Tray sessions offering self-awareness, clarity and self-growth can be scheduled for one or more sessions.

Supervision for Play Therapists and Social Workers

Kathleen Krol, LCSW, RPT-S, provides clinical supervision for social workers and for play therapists earning hours towards their Registered Play Therapist credential. Kathleen has over eleven years experience in diverse client settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health, home and school-based settings. Her strong background in Contextual Family Therapy and trauma enriches the case conceptualization process.

In supervising Social Workers and Play Therapists, she practices from a child centered play therapy approach combined with knowledge of developmental stages and their connection to subsequent trauma and attachment issues. Supervisees will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills using Sand Tray Therapy and learning concrete strategies when coaching and providing feedback to parents.

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