“There’s nothing more limiting than tapping out of tension and oversimplifying the thoughts and feelings that have the power to help us understand who we are and what we need.” – Dr. Brené Brown
I approach counseling from an existentialist-humanistic perspective. What this means is that I believe that you are an expert in your own life and my role is to provide support and guidance to help you make empowered and aligned decisions. I do this by offering unconditional positive regard and by exploring the existential questions plaguing all of humanity: Why are we here? Do we matter? What happens when we die? What do we do with the burden of freedom?
I work with a variety of populations ranging from adolescence to late adulthood and I work with all types of disorders and mental health concerns. I particularly enjoy working with individuals with sexual concerns. I find that people experience shame, regret, and confusion regarding their sexual identity and sexual interactions. The sexual act becomes a microcosm for our lives, incorporating identity, shame, self-esteem, social pressures, inadequacies, anxiety, love, and trauma. I work from a trauma-informed perspective, insinuating that most mental health concerns originate in unprocessed trauma. I also enjoy working with anxiety and anxiety-related disorders and mood disorders.
Kay Foster MA LLPC is a therapist serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area. Kay provides inclusive counseling and therapy from a trauma-informed lens. She has a work expertise and training in sex-related concerns.
Kay’s counseling approach is rooted in the existential-humanistic philosophies, and she takes a collaborative approach to treatment. She has experience with Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders, Mood Disorders, Trauma and Trauma-Related Disorders, and Sex-Related Concerns. She takes a holistic approach to counseling, implementing mindfulness, behavioral strategies, and eclectic techniques.
Kay’s focus is on client wellness and empowerment through a concentration on normal human development. She renders proper diagnosis, which provides a basis for utilizing evidence-based counseling modalities. Kay complies with the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics as well as the American Mental Health Counseling Association’s code of ethics when making any professional decisions. She is qualified to provide these services because her graduate program was accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).