Meet Kate Maurer

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There are times for many of us when life no longer feels workable. The stress of life changes or being a college student becomes overwhelming. You might feel unable to find connection, joy, or a sense of purpose in your life, frozen by the pain of your past or uncertainty about your future. You withdraw into numbness or despair, caught in patterns that you can’t seem to break and unable to fully connect with the people and the world around you. Perhaps anxious thoughts and behaviors nag and exhaust you, driving you further from the things that you value. It feels like your own mind has become an enemy.

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We all confront the problem of being a human being in a complex world, and yet every person’s story is endlessly particular. As a therapist, I want to help you understand your own story and find in it healing, meaning, and purpose. I focus on creating a safe and accepting space for clients to explore and define their problems. I use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as mindfulness, acceptance, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) strategies to empower clients to manage their pain, tell more helpful stories about their lives, and find healing, meaning, and purpose. I reject shallow “positive thinking” and aim to help clients embrace the complexity and range of their lived experience. I believe that there is no one right answer to the problem of being human, and that my role as a therapist is to help you find your best answers.

I am experienced in treating depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, PTSD and other aftereffects of trauma, as well as a range of other mental health concerns, and have knowledge of substance abuse disorders and treatment. I specialize in working with college students and young adults to help them navigate this challenging and formative time. I am LGBTQ+ affirming, and open to approaching a client’s experience within the social and cultural context with attention to systemic oppressions. In addition to being a therapist, I am a poet and writer with an MFA in creative writing and take particular interest in how all types of artists navigate the creative life.

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