Katie Steiner Peterman, Psy.D.
There are times when life transitions, challenging relationships, and overwhelming emotions leave us feeling disempowered or stuck. We also may find we are struggling with some aspect of our lives or ourselves. The decision to seek therapy takes courage. It may be unclear what to expect and it sometimes seems easier to hold off on addressing what causes discomfort than to confront it. When you find a therapist who feels like a good match, therapy can truly help you reach greater self-understanding, self-trust, and effectiveness in navigating painful and difficult moments, and you can feel more peaceful and satisfied in your life.
My Approaches to Therapy
I aim to create a collaborative and caring relationship with each of my clients as a foundation to explore whatever issues they might bring in to therapy. I work to convey acceptance, curiosity, and warmth. I have true compassion for the difficulties my clients endure as well as an appreciation for the vulnerability it takes to share openly with another person. I sincerely believe in each person’s inherit resiliency, and I help clients reconnect with their strengths as they incorporate new knowledge and skills learned in therapy.
I tailor my approach to adapt to each individual’s goals, values, and strengths. I check in regularly to see how they are feeling about our work together. I welcome honest feedback so that we can best address the concerns that are important to them. My work is strongly informed by mindfulness-based cognitive and behavioral interventions that promote insight into patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving, and improve skills to feel more in control of emotions and improve relationships. Together we build awareness and acceptance, and broaden coping strategies to help clients best care for themselves and make gratifying choices.
When working with clients I take into account the whole person - the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that shape who they are and why they might act, feel, and think the way they do. I enjoy working with people of all backgrounds, and I strive to consider how each person’s intersecting identities - including age, culture, gender, and sexual orientation - might be related to what they are currently experiencing.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California. I received my doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco, masters degree in psychology from Boston University, and bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, Davis. Since the start of my clinical training, I have been fortunate to work with amazing clients from diverse backgrounds in community mental health, university counseling centers, and private practice settings. I am particularly passionate about working with people with anxiety, depression, histories of trauma, relationship issues, and disordered eating and body-related concerns.
I completed my predoctoral internship at Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Services in Philadelphia, where I conducted therapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, and crisis intervention with college students. I worked closely with culturally diverse young adults and teenagers struggling with anxiety, stress management, ADHD, phase of life and identity issues, depression, and food and body concerns. I also enjoyed co-facilitating therapy groups for women with eating disorders and emotion regulation skills groups. I found mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioral interventions to be powerful in helping clients achieve their goals. Inspired by how effective these interventions were for clients with so many different obstacles, I spent my post-doctoral training working in a group practice specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I worked individually and in groups with teens and adults with an array of issues that interfered with their quality of life, including self-injury, mood disorders, eating disorders, and relationship issues. My background in DBT, cognitive-behavioral, multicultural and relational theories shape my approach as I continue to grow through working with each unique client.
Katie Steiner Peterman, Psy.D.
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