Katie Burrill, MFT
|Professions: Counseling Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Marriage & Family Therapist - 51625|
Billing and Insurance
I do not work with insurance companies
Fees: Individuals: $95-$135/session
Couples (2+): $125-$175
Free 15-minute initial phone consultation
I offer a sliding fee scale of $95-$135 per session. I do not take insurance but am happy to provide a receipt for your insurance or flex spending plan for reimbursement or for the use of pre-tax dollars to pay for therapy.
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I often feel that the process of finding a therapist can be as daunting and uncomfortable as the reasons why we are seeking help in the first place. How do we know if we will be a good fit with someone simply by reading words online? The truth is we don't and we just go with our gut. If you are looking for someone who is genuine, open-minded and engaging, I might be the therapist for you.
I wouldn't be a therapist if therapy didn't help me personally and I approach people with an honest curiosity and belief that together we can make life more manageable and more fun. You are the expert of your own experience and I am here to try to better understand that experience so we can figure out together how to move forward.
Having Master's degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Women's Studies, I find it equally important to pay attention to race, class, gender, age, and sexuality as looking at our families of origin, our thoughts and our behaviors. I specialize in working with LGBTQ and polyamorous/non-monogamous people and relate to those who live their lives more non-conventionally.
Email or Call Katie Burrill, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 29152
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
We all want various things when we begin therapy, but generally we just want to feel better. What helps me help you is knowing if you have been in therapy before and if it was a positive or negative experience. It doesn't matter what your history with therapy is- whether you've had tons or none, positive or negative - just that I know upfront where you're at in your process.
I also like to know what kind of therapist you are looking for, which is something we don't always think about beforehand. Are you hoping for more of an active listener or do you want someone who is more vocally directive? Is there a specific approach you're drawn to or a therapist from a specific background or with a specific viewpoint? I like to know the answers to these questions not so that I can try to mold myself into what you want, but to make sure that I am what you want and if I'm not, to have a better idea for a referral for someone who's a better fit for you.
And of course I like to know why it is you're seeking therapy at this time. What feels difficult or hard to manage? Is it a direct response to a recent incident or is it something more generalized? Once I can get a better understanding of what it is you're struggling with, I can better know if it's an area within my scope of practice and specialization.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I began seeing my first therapist in my early twenties when my anxiety and panic began to negatively impact my overall functioning. While I was hesitant to believe that talking to a therapist would make a difference, I was willing to try anything to feel better. I didn't feel immediately cured, but I did feel the positive impact of a professional validating and normalizing my experience. Eventually, I no longer felt completely "crazy" or totally alone and began to believe that there was a way out.
Upon reflecting on how and why therapy made a difference for me, I thought about what it was my therapist did that helped and how to apply that to my work. Rather than telling me what I had (my diagnosis) or telling me what I needed to do (go on medication, for example), my therapist listened and asked questions that helped me gain insight. It felt like it was a collaborative effort and not one where I was disempowered by an expert who knew more about me than I did.
I believe that knowing what it's like to feel "crazy" and how therapy helped me, enables me to make meaningful connections with others and be a better therapist overall.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Clinical Supervision
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
LGBTQ, Survivors of abuse, Polyamorous/Nonmonogamous
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