Katie Stickney, MA, LMHC
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Katie Stickney, MA, LMHC
|Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Pastoral Counselor, Psychotherapist|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Mental Health Counselor - LH60417435|
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
Fees: My services are on an income-based sliding scale up to $130 per session.
I also have two "pay what you can" spots for folks who meet two of the following three criteria: 1. LGBTQ+; 2. Person of color or immigrant; 3. Survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault.
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All that you need is already within you. My job is to create a space of safety and creativity through which your resources, such as courage, creativity, and self-compassion, may emerge. The therapy process is a collaboration between two experts--you are the expert on yourself, and I bring my expertise in mental health in general--who share the responsibility and joy of setting goals, lowering barriers, addressing pain, and resolving trauma. At times therapy is serious, painful, or reverent. At other times therapy is playful, joyful, or irreverent. There is space for all that emerges, and in this space is a deep safety for you to explore and build self-compassion for all the parts of you, "warts and all" as you sojourn with a therapist who is curious, non-judgmental, and compassionate.
Email or Call Katie Stickney, MA, LMHC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16404
More Info About My Practice
My practice focuses on trauma of all types. Whether it's "Big T Trauma" such as major accidents, sexual assaults, or domestic violence, or "little t trauma" such as childhood emotional neglect or chronic illness, this trauma may have impacted your body and emotions, caused you to develop painful beliefs or self-images, and sent ripples out into your ability to function in your social, professional, or spiritual life.
By talking about the trauma and sharing the story, you may develop new insights and understandings about yourself and why you have had certain feelings or behaviors. Talking and thinking about trauma, however, is rarely enough to resolve it, and so in therapy with me I will invite you to move more deeply into your body, drawing from a variety of somatic therapies to get to the heart of where the trauma lives in your body, and allow it to move through and out of you so that you can experience resolution.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Interpersonal Abuse (sexual assault; domestic violence; emotional, psychological, and economic abuse; living with the effects of a narcissistic family member).
Spiritual Issues (questions of meaning and purpose, spiritual direction and discernment; experiences of abusive or authoritarian churches; LGBTQ+ survivors of harmful theologies, conversion therapy, and religious shunning)
Helpers and Change-Makers (therapists, school counselors, clergy, social workers, activists, advocates)
LGBTQ+ Population (special focus on the L and female-assigned queer folks, dealing with internalized misogyny and lesbophobia, monogamous and non-monogamous relationships, female-assigned folks of all identities with concerns around gender and/or body dysphoria)
Giftedness in Adolescents and Adults
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Before I was a therapist, I was a teacher, because I love being witness to that "lightbulb moment" when a person understands something new. This is one of my great joys in therapy, when a client comes to a new and deeper understanding that will help her integrate her experiences into her whole self. But therapy, as you know, is not always new insights and feelings of positivity, sometimes it is getting dow into the muck of the pain that we'd rather avoid. The ability to bear witness to this, to be invited to sit in the muck of painful emotions, harmful beliefs, and difficult memories with a client is a great privilege. Each person's inner world is precious, and so for someone to invite me in to that, even for a moment, or even just a small part of it, is an honor.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Therapy can be a difficult process to undertake. Not only does therapy require you to address those things you'd probably rather avoid, and plant yourself right in the middle of your pain, but even the first step of finding a therapist you can trust to be vulnerable with can be challenging. Reading therapist profiles online may be daunting--your head starts swimming with all the information, and profiles start blending one into the other, each one sounding just like the one before.
There is good news! While there are certain types of therapy and modalities that may work better with certain issues, one of the largest predictors of therapy success is whether the therapist and client "click"--whether they like each other, feel comfortable, and can build a strong therapeutic alliance.
Because of this, whether we "click" is probably more important than any particular thing I do. And that is why I do not expect you to know from reading my profile whether I would be a good fit. I invite you to come to my office for an in-person free consultation. We take 20-25 minutes to get acquainted, discuss any questions or goals you have, and just get a chance to see if we both feel it would be a good fit. If so, wonderful! If not, I am happy to provide you with referrals to providers who might be a better fit. I always recommend interviewing 2-3 therapists before choosing one, and trusting your gut to tell you who is the right fit.
Services I Provide
- Clinical Supervision
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Pastoral Counseling
- Premarital Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
LGBTQ+, survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, people of size, therapists and school counselors, teachers, activists, clergy, progressive religious/spiritual folks, survivors of spiritual abuse
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