“If you don’t get it off your chest, you’ll never be able to breathe”
Asking for help can be hard. Working through stressors and personal issues can be hard too. But working through them with someone you trust can shed a little hope on life’s more difficult days. The amount of people seeking mental health services has been steadily increasing as the stigma surrounding asking for help slowly fades away. There is no shame in asking for help; it could change your life for the better. Having struggled in my own life and used therapy to get through those tough times, I feel that I have first-hand experience with life changes and seeking help.
My therapy style is holistic, solution-focused, person-centered, and mindful. Building a trusting relationship is the first step. From there, seeking solutions, allowing you to set the tone and goals for the session, and looking at life as a whole with many moving parts can shift perspective and bring new light onto both common and unique problems. Every person has strengths and counseling can help you tap into those strengths to effectively heal.
I have thorough experience working with complex family situations, people suffering from the effects of trauma or substance use and those experiencing severe health issues. I also am adept at helping the elderly and those who may be disabled, individuals with depression and anxiety, and elementary school-age children.
I utilize many different types of therapy including talk therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and more. My main focus is on what the person needs and what suits their healing. This changes based on the person, based on the situation, and may even change over time as someone progresses through sessions. I am able to adapt and accommodate these needs in order to allow for what is best for the client.
Kathryn Barcelona, LLMSW, is a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI that offers therapy for adults and families struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use recovery, or terminal illness. Kathryn identifies as a white, cisgender female who is currently in a closed, monogamous relationship. As a recent graduate from Western Michigan University, Kathryn graduated with a specialty certificate in alcohol and drug abuse as well as a holistic health emphasis. Kathryn spent time during her studies with elementary-aged children as well as women in early recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. Kathryn has almost a decade of experience working with elderly and disabled individuals including hospice patients in a home health care setting. Kathryn enjoys motivating clients and giving them the tools to make changes in their own lives. Kathryn is available and welcomes all clients regardless of age, race, gender, background, or struggle.