Ms. Katie Golly, BA, is a clinical intern in her final year of the Clinical Psychology/Counseling Practice Master’s Program at Roosevelt University. She treats individuals of all ages, and is especially interested in working with children, parents, and families. She is passionate about helping individuals create healthy connections with others and develop their sense of self. As a student, Ms. Katie has the opportunity to offer a sliding scale for her patients who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the full rate fee.
When working with children, Ms. Katie utilizes play therapy, art therapy, and sensory exploration to empower children to experiment with a variety of ways to learn to better regulate their emotional experience. “So often language does not fully convey the full spectrum of emotions we feel, and it is even more challenging for children to identify and communicate their internal experiences. By offering various means of expression, children can gain confidence in their ability to express themselves and feel more understood.” Ms. Katie has worked with various childhood challenges including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and OCD. She and has also advocated for the creation and maintenance of IEP and 504 plans in school.
Ms. Katie is invested in providing meaningful and practical support to parents. “Parenting is one of the most rewarding and most challenging jobs on the planet. So often parents feel lost and isolated when trying to figure out how to tackle challenges as they arise. I want parents to know it’s okay to feel stressed and confused, and that seeking therapeutic support can be one of the most beneficial resources to promote health and well being for the entire family.”
Ms. Katie is also attentive to the well-being of women’s health throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. She believes that support for women during this delicate time can foster better outcomes for the entire family. “Therapy can not only assist women in achieving better health and happiness, but it can also foster a mother’s attunement to her child. This subsequently translates to the health and wellbeing the child and all family members.”
When working with trauma, Ms. Katie utilizes Somatic Experiencing techniques to provide gentle and safe support. She believes in the wisdom of the body’s capacity for healing and works to foster resources that allow patients to uncover the true self that lies underneath trauma.
Ms. Katie believes the key to success in therapy starts with creating a strong therapeutic relationship and strives to create a nurturing, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment. “The safety of a strong therapeutic alliance is the groundwork for future growth. It is from here that individuals are able to build resiliency and make intentional changes in their lives.” She honors a holistic perspective that incorporates biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual forces in an individual’s life. “I believe it is my role as a therapist to gain an understanding of an individual’s perspectives, experiences, and personality to be able to create a plan that is best suited for each person’s unique needs.”