Welcome! I have a true passion for working with children and teenagers and I welcome anybody that needs help.
I understand the great leap of courage it takes to pursue counseling and confront the parts of our lives and ourselves that lead to suffering. Pain and loss are inevitable in the human experience. However, we also possess the power to build resiliency, move beyond dysfunction, and lead fulfilling lives. Through positive psychology and strength-based interventions in therapy, an individual can move beyond current and past roadblocks to living a more joy-filled, meaningful life.
My goal is that through therapy you will better understand yourself, your mind, emotions, gifts, and find direction in life. I will provide the non-judgmental space and support for you to access and develop your innate tools to cope with present and future stressors and challenges in life.
I counsel from a holistic framework, encouraging self-compassion as the strongest tool for building resiliency. Our work will be collaborative, working together to build a therapeutic relationship of trust and mutual understanding. I draw counseling techniques from compassion-focused techniques, person-centered theories, narrative therapies, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral theory. These involve confronting difficult issues in our lives while also cultivating positive qualities such as mindfulness, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and meaning. In addition, I offer the option to incorporate spirituality into therapy as defined by the client and can counsel from a biblical framework if desired.
I am currently completing my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University with a focus on Pastoral counseling. I have worked with children and adolescents for 10+ years in various roles as a preschool teacher, nanny, mentor, group leader, and individual counselor.
Therapy has had a profound impact on my own life and given me the tools to work through current life issues as well as manage challenges as they arise. Confronting the underlying thoughts that fueled my experience of anxiety and depression was crucial to overcoming these symptoms and learning to manage them. I have seen first-hand the power of a trustworthy therapeutic relationship, and the healing that occurs when we boldly look within.
Areas of Focus:
- Generational trauma
- Behavioral Issues
- Emotional Disturbance
- Relationship Issues
- Parenting Strategies
Katelyn Leidy counsels under the supervision of Andrea Solfavi, LPC.
However, sometimes based on our histories and if life hits hard, we might need some extra help. Having another person and a safe environment to process life sometimes is all we need to move forward. Other times, we might need specific interventions. There are techniques that can help our brains rewire if they are stuck, and our bodies release any traumatic experiences that aren’t letting it be its best. We are meant to heal and thrive in healthy relationships and that is what therapy is all about!