Kati was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of St. Francis in 2014 and went on to receive her master’s in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2017. Kati is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from Adler University. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.
Over the course of her training, Kati has worked in various settings including community mental health, college counseling, substance abuse programs, trauma-informed intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. Clinically, she is interested in human sexuality and sex therapy, issues of self-esteem, movement and body-based interventions, and attachment theory. Kati is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on intrasexual competition amongst women who identify as feminists.
Clinically, Kati works from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework which aims to increase psychological flexibility through connecting deeply to values and the present moment. In addition, she incorporates other behavioral interventions such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as well as utilizing approaches that foster and increase insight. She places emphasis on showing up as authentically as possible in the therapy room and cultivating a comfortable, safe environment for sharing. For Kati, the strength of the therapeutic relationship is the strong foundation that supports effective therapeutic interventions, so continuous effort is made to provide affirmative, validating, and open dialogue. In addition to building and strengthening the therapeutic relationship, she aims to help clients build and strengthen relationships with themselves. Outside of her clinical work, Kati prefers to spend her time doing as much yoga as possible, tending to the many plants that she acquired during the stay-at-home order of 2020, and admiring her cat Morty.