As a counselor, I believe the stories we tell are what connect us to others, to ourselves, and to our future potential. Sometimes our stories have been extremely difficult and we have lost our sense of purpose and meaning; I believe that no matter what has happened to you, we can work together to help you regain a sense of purpose, sense of self, and create a new life path. I also practice art therapy, which comprises a blend of traditional “talk therapy” and therapeutic art-making. Whatever your age, abilities, or artistic skill level, art therapy can offer a unique outlet for those feelings and experiences that are difficult to put into words.
I believe compassion, empathy, and insight in the therapeutic process are all necessary for personal growth. Whether you are looking for counseling or art therapy, I am here to help you along your journey. Together we will foster your insight and internal strengths to create positive change. For those who have faced intensive traumas, life-altering medical trauma, facing chronic illnesses, brain injuries, and other physical injuries I want you to know that this is a safe space for you. As a survivor of neurological trauma, I can not only relate to you, but work with you to find healing among the ongoing difficulties that you may be facing.
Katy Jaramillo MEd, LPC, ATR-P is a counselor and provisional art therapist serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area. Katy’s counseling approach is creative, person-centered, strength-based, trauma-informed, and existential. Katy Jaramillo is a White-Hispanic cisgender woman with the lived experience of her own neurological recovery. She is a passionate ally to underrepresented communities and is interested in helping people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, and abilities.
Katy Jaramillo specializes in helping those with medical and neurological trauma, experiences which encompass treating our psychological and physiological responses to pain, illness, fear and medical procedures, as well as working with individuals experiencing improving, declining, or non-normative neurological or cognitive abilities. She has the experience and the foundations to utilize counseling and art therapy with people experiencing a variety of neurological conditions from brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, dementia, or post-covid syndrome, as well as many other diagnoses and life experiences. Katy is especially adept at utilizing art therapy to help clients express themselves and their inherent creative spirit.