My name is Katelyn Bailey, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. The focus of my practice is to support my clients as they navigate life's challenges, heal their relationship with themselves and others, overcome limiting beliefs that hold them back, and access their own unique strengths so that they can feel confident, calm, and content.
In my work, I focus heavily on your emotional experience in the present moment. I use a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques and Internal Family Systems interventions to assist you in exploring your emotional experience and the meaning made of it. I also help you examine how these experiences are affecting your thoughts and behaviors using Solution Focused and CBT tools. Together we will look at the outcomes of these behaviors and discuss how we might be able to shift some of them in order to create the results you want. This is not a linear process and I will often shift back and forth between the two so that high emotions can be regulated and new meaning can be made before moving forward. We work at your pace and I allow you to lead the session in the direction you find most useful. Occasionally I might also use an Experiential technique or Visualization technique to assist you in accessing an emotion more deeply or to practice a new skill.
My clients are typically women between the ages of 16 and 65. They are generally experiencing some sort of life transition or relationship stressor and are experiencing anxiety or depression. Some of these women have also experienced physical or relationship trauma that has impacted their sense of self-worth and are looking for tools to manage PTSD, increase self-esteem and feel more in control of their lives. I also work with women interested in healing patterns of codependency in their relationships, and women who are in the process of changing life direction in work, romantic partnership, etc.
My communication style
In my sessions, you can expect me to hold space for you to process difficult emotions and build secure attachments by creating a sense of safety. One way I hold space for you is by staying calm, compassionate, and curious. In sessions, there is no judgment, only curiosity. You will be accepted as you are and where you are. I also make an effort to stay as transparent as possible about the process so that you know what we are doing, when, and why. While some sessions might get heavy, others will be light or even celebratory. I will also hold you accountable to the goals we set together and in sessions, I will reflect back to you what I am observing so that we can realign with your goals. This is always done with kindness and compassion and you are always allowed to disagree or disregard.
My journey to therapy
As a therapist, I get to see my clients finally step into their worth after years of self-doubt, release shame and fear from the past because they have been able to grieve and put the pain behind them, step out in confidence because they have learned how to tame anxious thoughts about the future or the judgment of others, wake up and feel calm, confident and content in themselves. This is true freedom and it is what drives me to do this work.
My goals for you
When we begin working together we will discuss the things that are causing you the most pain or distress and explore lifestyle, relationships, history, and resources to pinpoint what might be contributing. We will discuss how you want to feel when you are finished with therapy and how long you expect to work on the presenting issue. Based on that information we will create goals that reflect your need, timeframe, and motivation. If these goals change or shift during the course of therapy, we will discuss them and adjust accordingly. It is important to me that my clients create goals that align with their needs and values.
My first session with you
Our first session is an open conversation where we can get to know each other. I want to get to know you, what you are struggling with, and the details surrounding this struggle. I want to know what you want to change, how you want to feel, and about the life you are living now. I will tell you about how I work and a bit about my background so you can get to know me better. And then we will start to discuss your goals for therapy and how often you would like to meet.