Kaiti VanWormer, Counseling Intern

Culturally Sensitive and Creative Person-Centered Counseling

Kaiti VanWormer, Counseling Intern,


Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Michigan University (Graduation Spring 2025)


Supervised by Jennifer McKinstry, MA, LPC
Kaiti VanWormer, Counseling Intern

Gabor Maté describes one of humanity’s core needs as authenticity: “the quality of being true to oneself, and the capacity to shape one’s own life from a deep knowledge of that self.” Often, when we find ourselves feeling stuck, it can be attributed to feeling disconnected from this sense of self or as if we cannot act in alignment with our beliefs, values, or needs. This disconnection can stem from a variety of circumstances, such as experiencing past trauma(s), difficult life transitions, or being a member of historically and systematically excluded communities. The list goes on.

Counseling can be a powerful tool for getting “unstuck” or reconnecting to your true, most authentic self. At the same time, inviting someone to join you on this journey can feel incredibly vulnerable. If you decide to take this brave step, I would be honored to meet you wherever you may find yourself and hold space for you along the way. I come from a person-centered point of view, meaning I see you as the expert in your experiences and will prioritize your goals for our time together. This approach emphasizes the importance of autonomy and a collaborative therapeutic relationship built upon trust and empathy.

Depending on your needs and preferences, I may also integrate mindfulness, expressive arts, or narrative therapy techniques into our work. I am currently learning and training in Somatic Internal Family Systems for those interested in approaches that utilize the mind-body connection in addition to traditional talk therapy. I am committed to providing culturally sensitive, LGBTQIA+ & neurodiversity-affirming care. I believe that everyone deserves a healing space that recognizes and affirms their unique intersection of identities.

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Kaiti's Bio

Kaiti VanWormer (she/her or they/them pronouns) is a counseling intern working towards her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Michigan University with an expected graduation date of Spring 2025. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration and over a decade of experience working in the service industry, both of which instilled a deep appreciation for creativity, collaboration, and community. More recently, Kaiti has had the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization that provides quality, integrated primary care and mental health services to folks who otherwise may not be able to access care. She believes affordable mental healthcare should be accessible to all and hopes to continue working to increase access as part of her new career as a counselor.

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