Katy Greenleaf

Katy Greenleaf, M.A.

LMHC MHP CMHS

901 Boren Ave.
Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-755-6904

Fax: 206-624-7626

Email: Email Katy Greenleaf

Website: www.katygreenleaf.com

Primary Focus: Anxiety / Panic Disorders Counseling, Child / Teen Counseling, Communication / Social Skills Counseling, Family Counseling, Specialty Issues, Stress / Depression Counseling

Scope of Practice

Welcome! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience working with children, teens, parents, families and individual adults. I specialize in providing individuals and families with a comprehensive initial consultation, during which we will review the presenting issues, view them in the context of life-stage, identify strengths and supports, and create a multi-pronged approach moving forward. This initial meeting often reduces anxiety by creating immediate steps that can be taken. During that meeting, we would also determine whether I would be a good fit for ongoing family or individual therapy. If not, I will be happy to provide referrals for providers or programs that might be more effective. I also provide crisis consultations to independent therapists and clinical supervision for therapists working toward their independent clinical license.

Range of Focus

  • ADD / ADHD Issues
  • Adolescents and Parents: Individuation / Separation Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Blended / Step Family Issues
  • Children/Adolescent/Teens/Young Adults
  • Communication Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Family Conflicts
  • Feminist / Women's Issues
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Immigrant issues/Acculturation
  • Panic Attacks
  • Peer Interaction
  • Relationship/Interpersonal Issues
  • School / Peer Adjustments
  • Self-Compassion
  • Social Development/Self Esteem
  • depression/suicidal thoughts
  • Adjustments
  • Anger Management
  • Autism/Asperger's
  • Boundary Setting
  • Clinical Supervision Towards Licensure
  • Communication Skills
  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Divorce and Kids
  • Family Therapy
  • Foster Care
  • Giftedness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Skills
  • Relationship Issues
  • Safety Planning
  • Self harm
  • Sleep issues
  • Stress & Coping

Values and Philosophy

I believe in strength-based and recovery-based practices, which view the client as innately whole and healthy. From this perspective, my job is to help you to see your innate strengths, remember times of happiness or health, identify supports, and build your skills to get you back to a place of equilibrium. I am also aware of my identity as a White, heterosexual, cisgender female and how this informs my view of the world. It is my job to have an awareness of how my worldview may be different from that of my clients and bridge any gaps that this might create in my understanding of my client’s values and needs. My work is culturally relevant, solution-focused, and draws upon the most recent evidence-based practices. Most frequently, I use materials and concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and the works of neurologist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., among others. I also have training in Trauma-focused CBT, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Suicide Management and Prevention, and Reflective Supervision.

Therapeutic Technique and Methodology

My therapeutic practice has two main foundations: psychodynamic and structural family therapies. This results in two interworking clinical beliefs. The first is that the relationship between therapist and client is representative of other relationships the client has experienced and is experiencing outside of therapy. The client’s responses to the therapist (feelings, thoughts, behaviors) may echo the client’s responses to other relational experiences, past or present. As a result, we can explore those feelings, thoughts, and behaviors for unhelpful patterns. The therapeutic relationship is a safe one in which to try new behaviors or responses. We can then transfer that experiential learning to relationships outside of therapy to create new relational patterns. The second belief is that the family unit is an interdependent, dynamic system wherein stress or discord in any one area of the system can move about or spread within the system. Therefore, it is critical to look throughout a family system, including through past generations, for possible explanations of, and solutions to, current behavior. Additionally, when working with youth, it is critical that parents also be involved in therapy. They are often the people within the system who are most wanting change. As such, their ability to enact change, either independently or by responding optimally to their child's new behaviors, cannot be overstated. With young children, the majority of my therapeutic work will be with the parents as the structural leaders of the family, and the more likely "customers" for progress and change.

Education, Certification and Professional Associations

Degrees and Certifications

Master of Arts in Child, Couple & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling, 2007
Antioch University Seattle
Seattle, WA

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, 1998
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Bachelor of Arts in Music, 1998
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Licenses to Practice and Registrations

Licenses

Mental Health Counselor License
License number: LH60195286

Payment Information and Hours

I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to see whether I might be a good fit, and am happy to provide referrals for other providers at that time, as desired. Please go to my website https://www.katygreenleaf.com/ for the most up to date information on my services and rates. I am currently in-network with Regence and Kaiser Permanente (PPO, not HMO). For clients with different insurance, I am able to provide appropriate documentation if you would like to submit them for your out-of-network benefits. I have weekday availability with limited evening and weekend hours available. Please know that it can take up to 2 business days for me to respond to your initial inquiry. Thank you!back to top

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