GETTING TO KNOW KATHRYN

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Kathryn Miller, LCSW, BCD has about thirty years of clinical experience and holds the highest achievement in her field, Board Certified Diplomate. Thus, she has remained committed to the highest standards of clinical practice since completing her graduate studies with honors from Tulane University. Currently, Kathryn has a private practice in San Antonio, where she skillfully assists patients in achieving their individual goals. By accurately assessing each person's unique objectives, Kathryn is able to achieve greater precision in the intervention process. The outcome of this active collaboration between her and her patients increases treatment effectiveness and leads to the development of increased sense of achievement, well-being, and autonomy. Furthermore, patients become equipped with an array of tools to tackle the inevitable future challenges of life. 

Kathryn has worked with a wide variety of clients at several diverse settings. After completing an internship at LSU's Medical School Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic; a familiar place as her grandfather, father, and brother all went there for Medical School.  Her love for medicine has shaped her into a therapist who is grounded in "Evidence-Based Practice".  Kathryn is no nonsense, and is not going to use a technique that has not been proven to work through longitudinal studies. 

Kathryn moved to Chicago where she worked exclusively with adolescent girls for seven years. Starting as the school therapist, she was promoted to the school clinical supervisor. After gaining more clinical experience from a prestigious agency, Kathryn moved to Florida where she became the Florida State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. The training and experience she gained in Florida enabled her to make postpartum issues a central focus of her treatment. However, her husband's job transfer required Kathryn's family to move to San Antonio.

Shortly after making San Antonio her permanent residence, Kathryn worked alongside two prominent San Antonio psychiatrists for about seven years, treating a broad spectrum of patients, both adolescent and adult. She became very familiar with the various medications and treatments used for different disorders. In addition, she became a very proficient therapist with the ability to work with a wide spectrum of conditions ranging from mood disorders such as depression, to various addictions and several personality disorders.

Although trained at a very prominent school for psychodynamic psychotherapy, Kathryn has adapted to the age of managed care. She has skillfully learned to incorporate several different therapeutic modalities into her treatment, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and many more. 

Kathryn is also a Certified Anger Management Therapist, certified as a Clinical Trauma Therapist, certified as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, certified in Telehealth, and is currently working on her certification with the Gottman Institute, a lengthy endeavor that lasts on average 20 months. She has been trained in all the prerequisites, but also is a Speaker for Gottman's Seven Principles Workshop as well as Bringing Baby Home. She is an active member in NASW, ACSW, IATP, and the Psychoanalytic Society. However; even given all her credentials, Kathryn believes her greatest achievement is her patient's loyalty as they have all moved with her despite her change in location. Their loyalty is a testament to Kathryn's commitment to improving the lives of her patients through appropriate and effective treatments. 

Kathryn's therapeutic approach is rich in different theoretical perspectives and techniques acquired over the past thirty years. Her curious mind and relentless interest in cutting-edge approaches is evidenced by her non-stop learning. Because being supportive, empathetic, and patient, are characteristics that can't be separated from her sense of self and core belief values, she naturally provides support, active listening, and practical feedback to help clients effectively. With all the tools in her chest, Kathryn is an expert in choosing and   integrating various methodologies and techniques. It is evident that she offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Without judgment, she works with each individual or couple to help them build on their own strengths. Ultimately, she wants to accomplish much more that the goals that her clients for which they came in: she is working from a much broader view that involves increased emotional intelligence, problem- solving, awareness, empowerment, emotional regulation, and skills to that allow a person to feel free being their unique self .

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