Katherine is a certified therapist in the state of Virginia with over 16 years experience and is also a Marine Corps veteran spouse. She currently oversees a Defense Health Agency Program for transitioning service members and veterans as a Defense contractor. Previously she served as the U.S. Army Reserve Psychological Health program director. In this role, she oversaw the program’s non-clinical consultation and outreach services to more than 205,000 service members and their families as well as Command and Government Programs. She also served on the US Army Reserve Fatality review board to provide consultation on psychological autopsies post-suicide.
Katherine has previous experience as a civilian employee assistance (EAP) manager for the United States Navy and as a casualty assistance consultant in the civilian EAP for U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Services (US NCIS). In these roles, she was responsible for development and implementation of the EAP, organized, and conducted operational analysis for pre- and post-deployment health assessments. Katherine has also worked as a psychotherapist at her private practice, Awaken Wellness Center, where her clinical work focused on crisis intervention, trauma, loss and grief counseling, deployment-related mental health issues and the assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. She has expert knowledge of military culture and military lifestyle both as a professional and as a military spouse. Katherine is dedicated to bringing best-in-class practices to the forefront of mental health issues affecting military members, their families and returning war veterans. She has conducted seminars to military service members, mental health professionals, and community providers on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide Prevention and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
Katherine earned a Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts, English from Indiana University and completed her Masters of Science in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the NASW- VA Chapter CAPG. Katherine also provides consultation and therapy services to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and was awarded the 2018 Community Based Care Supporter of the year by TAPS.
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