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The Invisible String (missing our loved ones who are far away)
Katharine (Kathy) Martin, MA, NCC, LCPC
I worked at the local community mental health center for 10yrs while completing my Master's Degree in Human Development Counseling from University of Illinois - Springfield, in 2000. I offered therapy services and completed crisis intakes for youth and adults in the Emergency Room and inpatient adult or adolescent Psychiatric Units. I worked with traumatized youth and their families at the Child Advocacy Center. I earned my professional counseling license in 2002 and began working with a private doctor's group until they retired in Dec. 2015. In January 2016, I opened this private practice office part-time while also working full-time as a Police Officer/First Responder from 2005-2019. Then, during Co-Vid, I began counseling full-time.
I have recently started to become a Consultant-in-Training for EMDR (May, 2023).
I am certified EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapist (July, 2021) EMDRIA
I completed EMDR 5-day training (Oct 2019).
I am certified TF-CBT: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Health Therapist (Nov 2019). TF-CBT
My trauma work has been with youth, adults, families, and First Responders.
MA - Master of Arts degree
NCC - Nationally Certified Counselor, through the National Board of Certified Counselors
LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor through State of Illinois
Kayla Blow, BA, MA Intern
Kayla received her BA degree in Psychology from Culver Stockton College and has completed her coursework for her MA degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois - Springfield.
She has three years in mental health, working with children and their families in a behavioral health setting. For the past year, she offered counseling services at Gateway Foundation.
Starting in July, Kayla began offering counseling services twice weekly to adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Kayla uses a variety of counseling methods. However, she uses the Solution-Focused method primarily. Kayla strives to offer a safe and trusting therapeutic environment where clients can be heard and supported. Kayla is looking forward to helping individuals, couples, and families.