Kathe Irvine, LISW

Kathe Irvine, LISW provides individual therapy, trauma sensitive yoga and biofeedback to adolescents and adults. She uses a multi-theoretical approach to support clients in moving forward toward their goals. She has experience and training to help clients address psychological trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, health and medical issues and working through life transitions.

We now understand that our life experiences imprint on us in both psychological and somatic ways. Kathe operates from this foundational belief utilizing both talk therapy and somatic experiencing.  She works with clients in a  collaborative way to identify goals and develop an approach to meet individual needs. Kathe enjoys offering psychoeducation to help  clients increase their understanding of the struggles they are having as well as interpersonal, spiritual and mindfulness approaches.

Kathe has completed training in both trauma sensitive yoga and biofeedback. Trauma sensitive yoga creates an opportunity to experience our body as a reasonably predictable and safe place so we can participate in healthy relationships with ourself and others. We practice making choices within the present moment experiences and experiment with taking effective action. Biofeedback is a technique that measures the body’s physiological responses to stress and provides information that helps individuals learn how to reduce chronic stress and anxiety, increase emotional regulation, and improve general well-being.

Kathe earned her Bachelors degree in 1995 from the University of Northern Iowa and worked at Orchard Place as a milieu counselor. She then moved to Colorado Springs and worked as a Family Preservation therapist for five years. Upon returning to Iowa, Kathe stayed home with her small children and began training and working as a group fitness instructor and a yoga teacher. She worked at the YMCA for the next several years, teaching any class that did not require having rhythm. Once her youngest was in school, Kathe began the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Iowa and graduated in 2015. Her practicums were served at HCICares Hospice and Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. Upon graduation, Kathe continued to work at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center during which time she gained additional training and supervision in trauma and dissociation.

 

In her personal life, Kathe enjoys yoga, biking, listening to/reading books, the mountains and spending time with friends and family. 

To contact Kathe via email: kathe.irvine@willowgrovetherapy.com

To contact Kathe via phone: (515) 984-0225 ext. 6

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