Katheryn Van Laar

Katheryn Van Laar

Kierkegaard said life wasn't a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced. We will always experience joys and pain, strength and sorrow, and a little support can go a long way. As a therapist, I am not here to solve life's problems for you, but I am here to support you and your family while you experience the hard parts of life. I'm here to listen to and validate your world and help you develop skills or tools to cope with the tough times.

I work with children and teens who are struggling with grief, trauma, self-esteem, depression and anxiety and help those who want to improve coping skills and ADHD management skills. I also help parents and guardians of all family types learn and practice new parenting skills, and build stronger connections with their children. I support LGBTQ+ youth and families.

My goals are to create a safe environment where you will feel comfortable learning more about yourself and your family, and feel empowered to carry this forward. Depending on your current life experiences our sessions together may incorporate mindfulness, play therapy, expressive arts, or sandtray therapy all from a trauma-informed, person-centered approach.

My Experience:

After working as a teacher for international students, refugees, and immigrants, I became a counselor. I wanted to learn more about how to support my students and others like them beyond just education and so I started my journey to becoming a counselor.

I graduated from Prescott College with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2021. I also have a BA and MEd in Second Language Education. I am a licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and am board certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors.  

I'm currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist and have completed the training to be an ADHD clinical services provider, and a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) provider. I am looking forward to working with you and your family.