Katie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation (LPCC-S) who is passionate about helping others. She has been providing mental health services to individuals, couples and families since 2005.
She holds a Master of Science of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education and Biblical Studies from Cedarville University. Katie began her professional career as a Spanish teacher and dance team coach at Hilliard Davidson High School, where she was inspired to become a mental health therapist.
Katie currently provides services to individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples and families. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder), anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-harm behaviors, and related issues. She is also experienced in treating postpartum issues, including the depression, anxiety, OCD, identity, and even weight and body difficulties that can come after having a baby. Other areas of clinical interest for Katie include: the correlation between giftedness and eating disorders; sexual anorexia and sexual bulimia; the prevalence of eating disorders in the fitness industry; the emergence of disordered eating in cult environments; and other disordered eating behaviors, such as “diabulimia” (the misuse of prescribed insulin for the purpose of weight loss), “orthorexia” (a fixation with healthy or righteous eating), “pregorexia” (extreme dieting and exercising while pregnant), “drunkorexia” (restricting food intake in order to reserve those calories for alcohol and binge drinking), and “anorexia athletica” (exercise addiction). Her expertise includes working with adolescents and young adults who are involved in athletics or the performing arts. She is also skilled at coming alongside of parents who are concerned about a child or adolescent who may be having difficulties.
Katie has completed advanced clinical training at some of the most respected treatment facilities in the nation, including the Renfrew Center (Philadelphia, PA), Remuda Ranch (Wickenburg, AZ), Laureate (Tulsa, OK), Veritas Collaborative (Durham, NC) and the Center for Balanced Living, formerly named the Center for Eating Disorders & Psychotherapy (Worthington, OH). She has received training in Family-Based Treatment, also called the Maudsley Method, from Dr. James Lock and Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick at the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders at Stanford University Medical Center (Palo Alto, CA). She has been trained in-person by other leading professionals in the field of eating disorders, including Evelyn Tribole, Carolyn Costin, Dr. Laura Hill, and Dr. Margo Maine. She has been a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA). She is trained by the Institute of Creative Mindfulness in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a therapy used to alleviate the distress caused by trauma. She is also a certified Prepare-Enrich relationship counselor. She has been active in the community, leading support groups for those suffering from eating disorders, as well as giving numerous presentations on various mental health topics. She is the author of a noted thesis project that researched the efficacy of collage journaling when dealing with body image dissatisfaction. In addition, she is an avid reader and is diligent about pursuing continuing education opportunities in order to stay current with the latest research and trends in the field.
Katie believes in creating a safe place for her clients, where they feel heard, empowered, and equipped to confront the challenges in their lives. She uses a holistic approach that addresses the mental, emotional, physical, social, sexual, and spiritual aspects of recovery. Due to her background in education and the arts, she utilizes psycho-educational strategies and creativity in the treatment process. She believes in a multi-dimensional treatment approach, and when appropriate she will work along side doctors, nutritionists, schools, and other professionals in order to best serve her clients’ needs.
When she isn’t working, Katie enjoys crafting, traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, being active, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Katie can be reached at (614) 245-5544 or at Katie@KovacsCounseling.com.