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Kathy Westerly, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT KATHY

Born and raised in southern Georgia, my world changed at the age of 18 when I relocated across the country to California. This is where I eventually met my husband and raised our two children (and numerous pets). Though I have had a lot of training as a marriage and family therapist, I really believe I have learned the most from the many individuals, couples, and families I’ve had the pleasure of working with across the western United States. My most memorable experiences have come from the meaningful interactions I’ve had with my clients, helping them grow, heal and move forward. Having relocated to Colorado, I am excited to continue my journey as a therapist in Denver, while living closer to family and enjoying the sunshine, arts and culture .

Why I became a therapist

My desire to become a therapist emerged during my teens and early adulthood. Like many of you, I experienced many significant and impactful events during my life, which have shaped my development as an individual, spouse, and parent.  I have a strong desire to understand human behavior and have spent much of my career focused on learning about the underlying needs and emotions that shape people’s behavior and patterns of relationships.  As a part of my graduate work, it was strongly recommended that students undergo personal therapy, which I did.  I developed a strong and positive relationship with my therapist, and benefitted a great deal from my therapy experience.  She later provided couples therapy to my husband and I, and as we grew in our relationship with each other and with our children, she helped us to navigate many of life’s challenges that arose along the way.  My husband and I have been married for many years.  Together we’ve grieved the loss of one of our children to a long-term illness, and celebrated the birth of our first grandchild.   One of my strongest desires is to help others as they work through their own life experiences so that they may find joy and happiness in their relationships.

Credentials

Licensed Professional Counselor- State of Colorado #6164

National Certified Counselor- #44355

Emotionally Focused Therapy - advanced training by ICEEFT

Previous Experience

(IFS) Intensive Family Services Program Supervisor, Mental Health Counselor III - Nevada - A program within Child Welfare where I provided crisis intervention and evidence-based counseling to individuals, couples, and families involved with child protective services, including biological, foster and adoptive families.  I also supervised the IFS Program and provided clinical supervision to therapists working within the program.

Kathy Westerly, LPC, NCC- Montana - private practice where I provided individual therapy, couples counseling and family therapy.

Western Montana Mental Health Center - Montana - a community mental health clinic where I provided couples therapy, individual counseling and family counseling. 

Friends To Youth - family based, in-home counseling for a family preservation program, helping clients improve individual, couple, child, and family functioning.

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association - Professional Member

American Mental Health Counseling Association - Clinical Member

National Board for Certified Counselors

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy - Member

Random ‘fun facts’ about me!

Best Goal: To start every day with a positive outlook and attitude

Best Habit: Getting at least 8 hours sleep

Best Reason to be Happy: Spending more time with my family

Best Legal Route to Joy: Singing out loud in the car

Best flaw: I love Pepsi

Best accomplishment: Finding balance in self-care, career goals, and family

Best Motto: Progress, not perfection


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