About Katie

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

 

I offer a safe & collaborative space for women feeling stuck in behaviors related to perfectionism, codependency, people-pleasing, & fear of abandonment — those who have wisely learned to attune to the needs, emotional states, & approval of others, but in the process may have lost connection to their own boundaries, priorities, emotions, & self-worth. This external focus can lead to anxiety, shame, lack of direction, resentment, & exhaustion.

I specialize in self-esteem, relationship issues, anxiety, & childhood trauma (particularly emotional abuse/neglect). As an attachment-based therapist, I can support you in examining the unmet needs underlying the behaviors you feel stuck in, honor those behaviors, & feel empowered to try more adaptive ways of relating to yourself & others.

The process of becoming more self-aware, secure, & connected can be challenging, but it's also the greatest gift you can give yourself, & you don't have to do it alone. If you would like an ally in your journey towards healing & personal growth, please feel free to reach out for a 15-minute phone or video consultation.

 

Concerns I Can Help With

  • Abandonment issues

  • Adult children of alcoholic & dysfunctional families

  • Anxiety & stress management

  • Boundaries

  • Burnout

  • Childhood trauma

  • Chronic shame

  • Codependency

  • Communication issues

  • Dating & breakups

  • Depression

  • Disconnection from self

  • Disordered eating & eating disorders

  • Emotional abuse & neglect

  • 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

  • Marital & premarital concerns

  • Parentification

  • People pleasing

  • Perfectionism

  • Personal growth

  • Relationship concerns

  • Self-esteem

  • Sensitivity to rejection & criticism

  • Trust issues

  • Women's 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 and couples.

 

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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