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    Kathryn Scarmardo, LCPC (In pursuit of PhD)

    “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try”-JFK.

    I am a true believer that asking for help in times of need should be a normal part of the life process. Everyone deserves the opportunity to work towards having a better life; the life they want. However, life can put up a lot of barriers. It is my goal as a therapist to be able to help break down barriers with my clients. I pride myself on being a creative, warm, and ‘outside-the-box’ therapist. I am well trained in the use of general therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I frequently utilize Attachment theories in my therapeutic approach as well. I enjoy not only using these therapies, but making them more personal for the client. I think laughter and humor can also be brought into therapy, not only to build rapport but to promote happiness and wellbeing. I truly love the moments when my clients feel like something ‘clicks’ for them.

    I possess knowledge and understanding of working with a wide range of individuals of all ages. I have truly run the gamut of therapy experience throughout the years including working in community mental health, prison, inpatient behavioral health, and private practice. I am well versed in dealing with crises and managing extremely tough therapeutic situations. Over the years, I have carved a niche for myself in working with individuals dealing with trauma. I have experience utilizing various trauma therapies with clients, and especially Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a fantastic therapeutic alternative to talk therapy and can be applicable for any individual, not just those dealing with trauma. I also greatly enjoy using the Internal Family Systems model with clients to do ‘parts’ work and often pair this approach with EMDR to maximize client progress through trauma and negativity.

    Helping individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem issues, suicidality/self-harm, and general life stressors is my goal. I am also experienced in working with couples/individuals on marital and relationship struggles. First responders, military, and their families are also a population that I have passion for working with in therapy.

    I completed my Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Adler University in 2012 and am currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). In 2018 I decided to return to school to begin the adventure in completing my PhD in Forensic Psychology. I am currently in the process of completing my dissertation.

    I am a wife and mom to three little boys, three dogs, and four cats. Reading, kick boxing, traveling, and listening to True Crime podcasts are some of my favorite things to do in my spare time. I am an avid fan of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. If you are into those too, you will enjoy my reference to these pop culture tycoons in our sessions.

    I look forward to being a part of your journey.