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My name is Katie, and I am a licensed counselor and grief healer. I have over 12 years of experience helping individuals, couples, and families live healthier, happier lives. As an American living in Munich, Germany with my husband and three kids, let’s just say I am not new to life challenges and loss.
Growing up in a military family, we moved around every two to three years. In fact, until the age of 24, the longest I had lived in one place was the four years of college. Saying goodbye and facing the sadness and adjustment of moving so often helped me grow into a very self-aware and adaptable person.
I later realized that grief was a large part of that process for my family as pulling up roots that often is so difficult.
After finishing high school, I attended Mississippi State University to study Physics/Pre-Med. It took only one semester and I realized the Physics’ faculty and students were not my people. No offense, of course! As an outgoing extrovert, I was drawn to the world of Psychology and professors who loved speaking to their students. I continued on to get my masters at The College of William and Mary in Marriage and Family Counseling. After three years as a therapist, I was able to achieve my dream of owning my own private practice.
Marriage and motherhood were next on my life plan. I took some time away from working to stay at home with our daughter. I found this time extremely challenging and the grief and adjustment that can came with motherhood were difficult. While pregnant with my second, we decided to move to Germany, my husband’s home country, and raise our family here. Talk about another big adjustment and life challenges of its own.
2018 and 2019 brought on a series of losses in my family that were unexpected. At the end of 2018, my mother died unexpectedly. It rocked my world. As a mother to two toddlers, facing the loss of my mother changed everything for me. That time was followed up by two miscarriages in 2019 and more grief and pain to address. After going on a crucial grief journey, I learned the power of grief in our lives.
Then came the pandemic that has impacted the world. During our time indoors, I strengthened my abilities as a grief healer. I also completed Level 2 of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Certification to grow as a couples therapist. I knew some big changes were coming for us all and wanted to be ready.
The world is waking up to grief and struggles they didn’t expect to show up all at once. It’s time we grow from it all, and I am ready to serve those who are ready.
My mission is to help others face life’s challenges with resources and support.
If you are ready to start growing through your life challenges, I am ready to stand by your side. Check out my free guide with 30 ways to support you during times of grief to get you started.