For years I have worked with individuals and their family members to create healthy relationships. I look at each person as an individual and in their relationships. I explore past experiences that have shaped the way each thinks and acts to help create empathy and understanding for themselves and those who have hurt them in the past.
Helping family members learn about each other's past and why they behave and speak the way that they do helps to resolve and reduce conflicts. This in turn helps to lower walls of defense and take things less personally once we know where reactions such as anger, aggression and blame are really coming from. It is very healing to feel understood, heard and accepted.
I look at patterns in the family, culture, environment and more. Recognizing unhealthy habits and the effects they have on our lives helps to foster change, break patterns and set healthy boundaries.
I enjoy including as many loved ones in therapy as needed in order to gain perspectives, but also to provide support in having hard conversations.
I see a wide variety of clients and if you give me a call I would love to explore if I have experience in what you are looking to work on.
I am genuinely interested in getting to know what makes people who they are, and my work honestly does not seem like a job. I feel honored to be trusted to help others.
Over the years I have developed an approach that I find helpful and effective for clients to achieve their goals. I use parts of many psychological theories as I tailor to my client’s needs.
I believe that working through and healing our own "stuff" helps us to be able to give to ourselves and in our relationships. Gaining this insight helps with self-happiness and assists in making healthy life decisions.
My style as a therapist can be described as upfront, patient and warm. Listening without judgement allows those I work with to be open and comfortable. I have provided therapy to various relationship dynamics, cultures and sexual orientations. I enjoy continually learning from each unique story that I hear.
Meeting people where they are in their change process is very important to me. Talking about or through difficult times can be very sensitive and requires respect, patience and time. I gently challenge thought processes to motivate change by providing objective and rational perspectives.
In my experience, the best outcomes are with those who are committed to the therapy process and who are ready to put the necessary work and attention into their goals. Many of my clients report that our work together results in them feeling more positive and confident, knowing themselves more than they ever have before.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in DC, MD, VA, PA and FL, and I work with individuals, families and couples.
I have been working in the mental health field since 2009 in various settings including schools, residential facilities, homes, outpatient community mental health and private group practice. I have been a therapist since 2010 and have worked with children and adults of all ages.
My Master's Degree is in Clinical Counseling Psychology, with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy.
To keep up with my multi-state licenses and to continually build my clinical knowledge base, I partake in various training's to learn new techniques that I can use with my clients.
I provide practical tools/resources along our journey together to help people to cope with difficulties and to communicate in healthy effective ways.
In my work I have found it very helpful to collaborate with other providers in my client's life as needed such as PCPs, psychiatrists and therapists. This helps to create overall health.
Katie Dawson is a Relationship Therapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The College of William & Mary. Katie is a licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She practices in Maryland and Washington DC and services individuals, couples and families for MFTS.
With a background in working with families struggling with intense conflict, Katie offers a unique perspective to her clients who are currently facing difficulty in their most important relationships.
Through assessing communication patterns and identity roles that exist in each relationship, Katie is able to offer solution focused feedback to help clients achieve their goals.
Katie’s mission is to create a safe and, when appropriate, fun place for clients to explore their relationships and how they can grow in them together.
Areas of experience include:
Marital and Premarital
Trauma and PTSD