In addition, LGBTQ+ community members have life situations reflecting their unique heritage and contemporary biases and pressures.
Our LGBTQ+ sensitive clinicians combine counseling and psychotherapy skills with familiarity about the particular issues confronting the LGBTQ+ community, including coming out to family and friends, transitioning, being bullied or shunned, processing microaggressions, having children, and coping with potential bias.
The members of Presby Psych’s LGBTQ+ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team stay abreast of the clinical and research literature about mental health issues and cultural burdens faced by LGBTQ+ children, adolescents, adults, couples, and children.
As a trauma-informed mental health center, we do not ask or think about what is “wrong” with clients. Instead we focus on the life experiences that have caused suffering and bring you to us.
Presby Psych clinicians co-create with clients a therapeutic relationship within which hurt and concerns can be healed, strengths and resilience built on, and growth facilitated.
Clinicians on the LGBTQ+ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team offer the same services to the LGBTQ+ community that we provide for all children, adolescents and families, adults and couples.
In addition, the clinicians on our specialty teams, including Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team , Eating Disorder Specialists , and Trauma Recovery Counseling and Psychotherapy Team include members of the LGBTQ+ Team.
Education: Ms. Foster earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a minor in Sociology. While in the program, she worked in a research lab focusing on depression treatment and research and graduated with Disciplinary Honors. Ms. Foster went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from the Joint Master of Social Work Program from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University.
Clinical Practice: Katie specializes in working with adults challenged with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Her experience includes supporting individuals and their families during challenging times including addiction, life transitions, difficult stressors, grief, anxiety, and depression. Prior to joining Presby Psych she worked in Medicated Assisted Treatment helping those on their journey with Opioid Addiction.
Katie approaches her practice with a person-centered perspective to build genuine therapeutic relationships and to help establish safety and comfort for her clients to express and explore their needs and goals. Katie works from a collaborative and strengths-based approach to help clients feel empowered to make changes towards emotional and mental wellness.
Clinical Team Membership: Ms. Foster is a member of our Alcohol and Substance Abuse Recovery Support and Psychotherapy Team and the LGBTQ+ Sensitive Counseling and Psychotherapy Team.
Location: Katie’s office is at our Sharon Road/South Park location where she accepts out-of-network benefits and sliding scale fees.