Katie Piura, LMSW
I look forward to bearing witness to your healing journey. It is an honor for clients to share their experiences with me. It is important for me to have a nurturing and empathic relationship with my clients that shows unconditional positive regard. Meeting my clients where they are and meeting them at their pace in the therapeutic process is important in order to foster client empowerment in the therapeutic process.
I believe that childhood events impact our present and how we connect to the world around us. I believe that therapy is a great tool to begin your healing process and it’s never too late to start. I provide a welcoming and warm therapeutic environment in our sessions and I believe that a good connection and relationship with your therapist is vital for the therapeutic work to be effective.
I have 7 years of experience as a clinician. I have experience working with trauma survivors including survivors impacted by human trafficking. I specialize in child sexual abuse trauma. I have experience treating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. I also have experience addressing issues like domestic violence, codependency, trauma bonds, relationship and family issues. The lens that often influences my work is attachment theory as I believe attachment styles impact how we navigate relationships including the relationship we have with ourselves. Therefore, helping clients connect with themselves and nurturing attachment figures is a great way to move forward in the healing process.
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents and their parents. I have experience providing support and psychoeducation to parents when their child or children are receiving individual therapy and or have a mental health diagnosis, as well as providing support to parents whose child or children have experienced trauma. I am trained in different trauma modalities that I use to guide my work. I often use psychoeducation in sessions to provide clients tools to understand their symptoms and gain insight.
I also have experience working with adults who have experienced trauma and are also dealing with life transitions or experiencing relationship stressors and or other external life stressors.
When working with trauma survivors and or clients who struggle with a mental health diagnosis, I often use psychoeducation to help clients better understand their symptoms and as a tool awareness. I also use expressive and play therapy when working with children to help clients heal from trauma through art and sand play. Art, journaling and expressive therapies can also be a great tool when working with adults who are open to that kind of therapeutic tools or intervention. Therefore, I use those tools with adults when it is a good fit. Art and the symbolic nature of sand tray therapy connects to the subconscious parts of the brain that benefit from healing. Grounding and somatic work is also a tool I use in therapy to help clients connect with the body as so much of trauma is stored in the body.
I look forward to working alongside you towards your healing journey
Clinical Degree: Licensed Master in Social Work in MD and DC
Additional Skills: Fluent Spanish speaker and writer
Additional Trainings: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Based Therapy, and Family Therapy.