Katie Ostrove, LMFT
Life is full of transitions and new challenges that often cause discomfort. Katie was drawn to be a therapist because of the potential to re-frame and utilize this discomfort as an opportunity to turn toward what is difficult and to grow. Her belief is that all people have the strengths and resources they need to make desired changes in their life and to heal from painful experiences. As a therapist, Katie is dedicated to creating a supportive space for this growth to happen.
Katie works with clients experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as other emotional concerns. She is passionate about supporting clients as they navigate life transitions and address past trauma, relationship dynamics, and communication issues. Her training allows her to see individuals within the context of their relationships and environment and to identify patterns of behavior that are keeping them stuck.
Holding people willing to engage in this challenging and rewarding process in high regard, Katie strives to create a caring and non-judgmental environment for them. A high value is placed on clients’ expert knowledge of themselves. This informs her collaborative approach to therapy in which clients’ values and goals are understood and respected. Even when problems are present there are current and historical exceptions to these problems. Identifying these exceptions, as well as strengths and resources, is an important part of the therapeutic process. Clients in Katie’s sessions are invited explore and enrich the ways in which they give meaning to their lives and relationships, and to better understand different parts of themselves and how they relate to one another. Clients can also expect to gain mindfulness skills to better manage emotional and relational stressors.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Counseling and Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and approved by the state of Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. The theoretical models that underpin her work include: solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, internal family systems, and dialectical behavioral therapy. She is experienced in working with adolescents, adults, and families.
When Katie isn’t at work, you can find her traveling, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with loved ones.