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Katie Fitzwilson

LAC

Specialties

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, EMDR, Grief, Eating Disorders, Identity, LGBTQ, Adolescents, Teens, Adults, Elderly

Insurance

Self Pay

Bio

Katie is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and has experience working with individuals of various ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexualities and other identities. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Economics from the University of Arkansas and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University.

As a therapist, Katie functions from the core values of: collaboration, care, consent and curiosity. Katie believes that each person is the expert in their story and her hope is to come alongside clients in understanding themselves and how their story has impacted their thoughts, feelings and actions. Katie believes in setting goals collaboratively with clients to ensure that the work being done feels salient and relevant. In session, she utilizes a non-judgmental approach and believes that empathy, thoughtful questions, and challenge, when used together, can create the necessary conditions for change and growth. Katie believes that shame often keeps us from addressing the deepest parts of ourselves and hopes that each person she interacts with would feel safe to communicate openly and honestly and bring their authentic self into the counseling space.

Katie works with clients 11+, mostly on an individual basis, and works out of both the Rogers office and in collaboration with PACE of the Ozarks. Through her training at John Brown University, she received a comprehensive education on many different treatment modalities and will use an integrative approach with an emphasis on person-centered and trauma-focused techniques in order to help the clients reach their goals. She seeks to not only discuss current stressors, but to also address root issues and core beliefs that can cause individuals to feel stuck long-term. Katie is EMDR-trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which focuses directly on traumatic or distressing memories, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms. Katie has received additional training and education in the treatment of eating disorders (uncertified), and sex and sexuality therapy (uncertified).

Katie is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She moved to Northwest Arkansas for her undergraduate degree, lived in Asia for three years post-grad doing non-profit work, and returned to NWA for graduate school. She loves to cook, spend time with friends and family, assist in community advocacy projects, and hang at home with her roommate and three precious cats.

Katie Fitzwilson
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