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    About Katie West

    As a military child, I was faced with the uncertainty of change more often than many people, and it pushed me to develop coping skills; some healthy, some not so healthy. Through my own counseling, I was able to discover the parts of me that I wanted to hold on to, the parts that developed those healthy skills.


    But it also allowed me to challenge the unhealthy parts of myself and learn to let go of them. I have come to realize, the one constant that has always gotten me through hard times, and will continue to, is hope. Hope for the future, hope for me, hope for others, hope that things can be different, that they can be better. And that has been an anchor in the storm of life. Life, just like the ocean, can be rough, smooth, blissful, or terrifying. But when we have something to anchor us down, we can survive. I love helping other people find their hope, their anchor.

    My Education & Experience

    I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2009. I worked with children as an after-school counselor, as well as, an ABA line therapist for children with autism while I applied to the Marriage and Family Therapy Ed. S program at USC. My practicum and internship were also spent working with children, adolescents and families at Epworth Children’s Home and Family Intervention Services in Richland School District 2. Upon graduation and licensure, I began working in the private sector, seeing anyone that walked through my door; adults, couples, families, adolescents. After two years, my husband and I moved to Myrtle Beach, SC and I worked in two different private practices, broadening my scope of practice even further.

    I received training in psychological testing and assessments, and most recently became trained in EMDR therapy for working with trauma. I also partnered with an Equine Assisted Therapy Program for treating trauma. Five years later, I am glad to be back in the Columbia/Irmo area and looking forward to continuing helping people on their journey to better mental health!


    • Ed. S (Education Specialist) in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy (2012)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of South Carolina (2009)
    • Advanced Training in Trauma Therapy (EMDR)
    • ACA
    • AAMFT

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