Kathleen Matay

Kathleen Matay

Masters Level Counseling Student
Certified Parent Educator (CPE), Certified in Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Telemental Health Trained

Works with: Parents, Individuals, Families, Couples, Groups

Specializes in: Parenting, Emotional Regulation, Anger Management, Substance Use Issues, School related concerns, Life Transitions, Grief, Personal Development, PTSD, Trauma, and Suicidality

Kathy recently completed her masters in Counseling & Psychotherapy with the Adler Graduate School and is currently pursuing licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). She has fifteen years of experience as a certified parent educator (CPE) with CHADD a national non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by AD/HD and as a leader with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) where she led classes and workshops for parents of infants, school-aged children, teens and young adults. She works with parents to adopt a positive discipline approach that provides tools and strategies that win cooperation with children and increase peacefulness and respect in the home.

Kathy has studied the science of emotional regulation and can work with clients to understand and embrace simple tools and practices to elevate outlook, an approach that is particularly useful for clients who suffer from anxiety and depression.

As an Adlerian practitioner, Kathy embraces a brief, psychoeducational therapeutic approach that is both humanistic and goal-oriented. Her approach emphasizes positive transition from a place of ‘felt minus’ to one of ‘felt positive’ and places priority on a client’s relationship to and connectedness with others. She brings empathy, positivity and a strength-based focus to her collaboration with clients and works with them to align their emotional and cognitive state with their values. She also employs motivational interviewing to help clients explore and resolve ambivalence that might be preventing a desired behavioral change.

Kathy is a trained crisis worker and spent a year volunteering with the National Suicide Prevention Line. She was with The Women’s Center in Vienna for four years, first as a volunteer and then as an employee and appreciates working with a diverse variety of clients.

Outside of work, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and their three sons. She practices yoga and enjoys hiking and biking along the many beautiful trails along the Potomac River and in the parks around Northern Virginia.

Clinical approaches: Mindfullness, CBT, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused
M.A. Adler Graduate School