Kate Highsmith, MSW, LCSWA
Kate believes in a strengths-based approach to moving through therapy. This entails helping clients foster their own resources so that they leave with the tools to grow through life’s challenges as they come up. She works with each person on their individual goals, wherever they may be at this point. Her own goal is to empower each client to trust themselves and their process.
She is passionate about helping people heal their relationship with food and body using CBT for Weight Loss. She is especially interested in anxiety disorders (Panic Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and OCD), women’s topics, and personality disorders. She is trained in CBT-Insomnia, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), among others. She uses an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach that integrates mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and creativity. She appreciates neuroscience-informed CBT and draws heavily from both Attachment and Polyvagal Theories in her work with clients. Kate practices cultural humility and is LGBTQ+ affirming. Kate works primarily with adults.
Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She spent over a decade working as a Community Based Infant, Toddler, and Family Specialist. During this time, she worked with children 0-3 with a myriad of developmental delays and disorders. Additionally, she ran an inclusive preschool classroom, social skills groups, and kids yoga before returning to school. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA) and completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Simmons University. Kate is a dedicated lifelong learner. She is interested in continually expanding on her areas of passion, as well as broadening her current scope of knowledge through research and experiential modalities. Kate’s approach is warm, curious, and open.
To schedule an appointment with Kate out of the Tunnel Road office, please call (828) 350-1177.