Hi I'm Katie Curran! I specialize in working with college students/young adults, grief work, and the use of art in counseling.
Creative Art Therapist in Spokane, WA
Supervised by Suzanne Apelskog, LMHC
Making "sense" of what has happened to you can be an extremely difficult process. I believe trauma inherently has no meaning, and is just this really unfortunate thing that happens to people throughout life sometimes. I would be honored to walk with you as you 'make sense' of "what happens now" to get to a place that is less debilitating than where you are now so you can move forward.
I have extensive experience working with highly depressed individuals and suicidality. I am not afraid of openly discussing suicidality and all that comes with it. My goal is to not shut you down, interrupt you and list all the reasons you should live, but rather sit with you while you explain how you got there. Eventually we can work together a plan, but not without hearing you first.
No one likes discussing death in our society. Which in turn makes grieving a loss all the more difficult/frustrating. I wont throw corny/hurtful cliches at you, or expect you to "get over it" after six months. I will sit with you while we piece through the loss and it's impact on you, as well as where to go from here.
I believe that during your 20's you're grappling with those game changing questions like "who am I? Who do I want to be? What matters to me? Why am I here? Why are any of us here? What is my purpose? What does this all mean???" Those thoughts, questions, and feelings are my bread and butter. It can be tough to be working through those alone. I'd be happy to help parse through them with you on this journey in your life.
I believe strongly that the use of art in counseling can be game changing. Artistic individuals tend to express themselves better through creating. I strive to create a space where creative people can combine the healing powers of art with counseling. Sometimes traditional talk therapy doesn't work for everyone. If that's been your experience, don't hesitate to reach out.
I believe that in order to "make sense" of what you're currently experiencing we have to go back to the beginning to understand how we got here. I don't believe in "quick tricks" or coping mechanisms that will work long term without that exploration. We are complex, nuanced beings and that means what may work for one, may not work for others. I want to help you understand all the beautifully complicated things that have converged to make up your being. I believe that is where we find healing.