Katherine M. Shinal, LPC, NCC
Kathy received her Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Sociology of Religion, with a minor in Religious Studies from George Mason University, and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland.
Kathy is a Pastoral Counselor with nine years of experience treating individuals and groups with serious mental illness, substance abuse, and trauma in residential and outpatient settings. Kathy has experience working with individuals with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, concerns related to aging, and the influence of spirituality on individuals’ wellbeing. She enjoys working with adults and older adults, veterans and their families, individually and in group settings.
Kathy has provided teletherapy exclusively for the past year and a half and finds it a remarkable tool for removing barriers to treatment. Her counseling approach is positive and focuses on discovering individuals’ strengths and potential for growth and recovery. She encourages self-exploration, teaches coping skills, promotes forgiveness, and fosters resiliency. Her collaborative approach offers hope and support to those seeking to alleviate stress, anxiety, grief, guilt, loss, and depression. Kathy’s non-judgmental, person-centered way of being creates a safe space for individuals to strengthen resolve and resilience needed to overcome adversity and hardship. Kathy uses a customized approach during the therapeutic process utilizing modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to assist individuals interested in correcting problems and making positive changes in their lives.