Katie Sahler Drake is a dual licensed, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist serving individuals, couples, and families. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She has been trained in advanced marital therapy from Dr. John and Julia Gottman.
She has counseling experience in several clinical settings. This includes three years of private practice at Watershed Counseling, contracting at Crossroads Counseling Center (non-profit adolescent and family therapy in Glen Allan, MS), and inner-city counseling with The Net Counseling.
Children and Adolescents
Katie’s work with children and adolescents involves meeting the unique needs of each child and teen where ever they may be, personally or developmentally, through an integrated approach that includes neuroscience, attachment, and play.
Play is a child’s language, so Katie offers play therapy in order for children to better express their feelings and experiences. Neuroscientific studies prove that meeting a child where they are developmentally is essential for vital growth.
Katie collaborates with parents to offer developmental insights and understanding of their child as well as how to practically engage with them. She uses “The Whole Brain Child,” “Brainstorm,” and resources from “Educate and Empower Kids” as references for parents. She incorporates approaches from these in sessions with parents, working to help bridge the gap between children and adults. As a result, children and parents are better able to connect and flourish.
Katie works with couples experiencing communication and conflict, stress and transition, and infidelity. Primarily using the Gottman Couples Therapy model, she incorporates practical and tangible ways to better connect with and understand your spouse. Instead of reinventing the wheel, she helps identify and build upon a couple’s strengths to improve their confidence and connection to one another.
Katie enjoys working with women of all ages. She sees beauty in coming alongside women wrestling with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, loss and grief, major life changes, and transitions.
By serving as a comforting resource and a listening ear, Katie offers her clients guidance that fosters insight and growth. She approaches counseling through the lens of a Christian worldview.
Her experience and education have prepared her to work with a number of issues, including:
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