Katie has practiced as a therapist for over 15 years. She obtained her BA degree from the University of Denver in 1992 where she studied English, Psychology, and Education.
She obtained her MSW degree in 2005 from the Joint Master of Social Work Program at UNC Greensboro and NC A&T SU with a focus on mental health and counseling. She has been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in NC since 2008 and in VA since 2016.
Katie has received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy from the EMDR Institute and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Both organizations were created by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR. Katie achieved and maintains EMDR Certification and is a Member of EMDRIA.
Interested in research, Katie is studying the effectiveness of EMDR Therapy on the treatment of Phantom Limb Pain. Another area of interest for research she is exploring is Posttraumatic Growth.
In addition to private practice, Katie has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health, crisis services, substance abuse treatment, residential PTSD treatment, non-profit ASO, and managing a federal homeless program.
Katie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.