Kate S. Woods relocated to Athens in 2014 after practicing for nearly ten years as a Limited License Psychologist in Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University.
Kate has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents and children suffering from a wide variety of issues, ranging from trouble adjusting to life changes to severe depression and psychosis. She has completed intensive training in many different types of therapy and has tailored her approach to different clients based on years of experience in helping her clients. This experience includes both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on changing thoughts, feelings and actions to improve the quality of one’s life, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which she finds most effective in assisting clients struggling with depression, anxiety, self harm and suicidal thoughts. During her long tenure of work in a community mental health setting, Kate developed a passion for connecting with people who feel lost and misunderstood and helping them to find their way again.
Kate has a calm and friendly presence, and a knack for putting people at ease. She is thoughtful and compassionate and deeply committed to her life’s work of helping others through dark and difficult times. She is warm and thoroughly nonjudgmental and particularly skilled at engaging people who may feel doubtful or uncertain about therapy.
Kate has extensive experience with the assessment and diagnosis but she prides herself on her ability to see others as complete and complex individuals in the broader context of their own lives and worlds. She strives to assist clients in recognizing all of their strengths and triumphs, while changing and developing new ways of thinking, feeling and acting in order to increase their overall happiness and satisfaction with life. She balances empathy and validation with encouragement to change, so that clients are ultimately both understood and validated as well as motivated to feel better.
In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with her husband and young daughter, and indulging in one of her favorite guilty pleasures, television comedies.
Kate is a Licensed Professional Counselor who maintains membership in the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia.