About Katie

Hello and welcome! To view my website & blog, please click here.

 

My passion is working with adults who feel stuck in behaviors related to caretaking, people-pleasing, codependency, and perfectionism — those who have wisely learned to attune to the needs, emotional states, and approval of others, but in the process may have lost connection to their own boundaries, identity, and self-worth. Those who want support recognizing their inherent value for who they are, not what they accomplish or have to offer others, so that they are no longer consumed with anxiety, resentment, shame, and exhaustion.

 

I specialize in self-esteemanxietyrelationships, and childhood trauma. I can support you in making sense of your relational patterns, improving communication, regulating your emotions, and practicing self-compassion. I hope to empower you to cultivate a life that aligns with your values, as well as relationships that feel secure, authentic, and balanced.

The process of looking within and shifting how you relate with yourself and others can be challenging, but it's also the greatest gift you can give yourself, and you don't have to do it alone. If you'd like an ally in your journey towards healing and growth, please feel free to reach out for a 15-minute consultation.

 

Concerns I Can Help With

  • Abandonment issues

  • Adult children of alcoholic & dysfunctional families

  • Anxiety & stress management

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Boundaries

  • Childhood trauma

  • Codependency

  • Communication issues

  • Dating & breakups

  • Depression

  • Disconnection from self

  • Emotional eating

  • Family of origin issues

  • Fear of conflict

  • Fear of intimacy

  • Feelings of unworthiness or inadequacy

  • Grief & loss

  • Identity & life purpose

  • Lack of direction

  • Life transitions

  • Parentification

  • People-pleasing

  • Perfectionism

  • Personal growth & self-exploration

  • Relationship issues

  • Self-esteem

  • Sensitivity to rejection & criticism

  • Trust issues

 

Education & Experience

Education

 

2019 M.A Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University

  • Focused coursework in Clinical Application of Attachment Theory and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

2015 B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Professional Experience

 

2020-present: Associate Marriage & Family Therapist under supervision and employment of Alexis Donato, LMFT.

Provide psychotherapy for adults.

 

2019-2020: Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, Family Therapy Center of Silicon Valley.

Provided psychotherapy for adults, couples, families, adolescents, and children at a private mental health clinic.

 

2018-2019: Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee, Family Service Agency of the Central Coast.

Provided agency-based psychotherapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and children.

 

2017-2018: Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee, Youth Services Program, Encompass Community Services.

Provided school-based individual & group psychotherapy for adolescents grades 9-12.

 

2013-2014: Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Assisted professor in advanced developmental psychology research.

 

Specialized Training

 

2021

  • Breaking the Cycle: Treating Emotional Eating and BED Through a Transdiagnostic Approach
  • Healing Shame: Understand and Transform
  • Neuroscience, Quantum Physics, Spirituality, and Eating Disorders
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) - For Disorders of Overcontrol

2020

  • Disordered Eating Behaviors: Identify and Treat the Underlying Trauma
  • EFT: Cracking the Code of Love in Couples and Families
  • Emotional Disorders in Disguise: Transdiagnostic Approach to Understanding & Treating Eating Disorders & Co-Morbid Substance Use
  • Historical & Intergenerational Trauma and Eating Disorders and Addictions
  • Intergenerational Trauma: From Repair to Reconciliation
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression & More
  • Parts Work with Eating Disorders, Anxiety, & Attachment Injury in Adults
  • The Meadows Model (The Model of Developmental Immaturity)
  • Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders - A Sequenced Integrative Relationship-Based Approach
  • Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder

2019

  • AEDP for Couples (AEDPfC)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) - Treatment with Youth Facing Trauma/Attachment Problems
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1
  • Healing Relational Trauma: Tailoring Treatment to the Presenting Attachment Style
  • Identifying and Treating Eating Disorders: Options for Care

2017-2018

  • Enhancing Mental Health: Prosocial Strategies for Addressing Trauma and Strengthening Resilience
  • Training in various clinical topics including but not limited to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Grief, Internal Family Systems, LGBTQ Youth, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Discipline, and Suicide Assessment & Prevention through Family Service Agency of the Central Coast & Encompass Community Services

 

License and Professional Affiliations

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 113323

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

  • Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SCV-CAMFT)

Rates & Insurance

For Katie's rates and insurance, please click here.

Contact

To contact Katie directly:

 

Confidential voicemail and text for appointments only: 

408-412-1861

 

Confidential email:

katie@katievirgatherapy.com 

 

Or click HERE for more contact information.

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