Katie Dalbey is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Missouri and Kansas and has been practicing for the last 7 years. She graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Anthropology and from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a Masters of Social Work. When Katie’s not working with clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter (2 years), and son (8 months). They love exploring nature and the natural wonders of our world.
What is most rewarding about being a therapist?
It is a true honor to meet my clients in the therapeutic space. I am reminded each time I am introduced to a new client of the immense bravery and vulnerability it takes to show up and put trust in the person sitting with you. I am excited to be here with JFS and have the opportunity to contribute to the work and the amazing community.
What made you become a therapist?
I came to the social work profession through a journey of being present in a community and identifying ways to support the needs. I watched and listened to people that I admired and the work they did in their community. My goal has been to find an intentional way to support people through relationships. My hope is to support clients in accessing tools they need to repair and understand the parts of themselves.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
I believe counseling can help by offering a safe space to express one’s thoughts and emotions in connection with another person. Counseling can help to ground us in the present, while exploring the parts of ourselves that need healing.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
I believe counseling is for everyone. Life is complex and ever changing. I am here to offer support and to walk alongside in the journey. The therapeutic space can serve as a holding container, while the internal and external work happens.
What self care techniques or activities do you do?
Self-care can be any small act that brings a moment of rejuvenation. I often come back to my breath as a reminder to keep grounded and present in the current moment. My most enjoyed activity is taking a long walk and getting to experience my surroundings or conversation along the way.
What are your specialties?
I specialize in treatment of trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders. I am trained and certified in Child-Parent Psychotherapy. CPP offers evidenced-based services for children, ages 0-5 years, and their caregivers who have experienced trauma or a rupture in the relationship. Other modalities that I enjoy bringing into my work with clients are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Sandtray.
What is one thing about counseling you wish everyone knew?
It is ok to not be ok.
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