Get to Know Kate
Therapist in Austin, TX
I provide counseling services in English and Spanish.
Kate Morales, LPA
Supervised by: Dr. Beth Marnix
Hello/Hola! I’m Kate! I’m a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Psychological Associate. I believe that therapy is a space where we as humans can explore what is not working, making us feel alone and disconnected from ourselves. Even though our life experiences are unique, as humans we are not alone, and at the end of the day we have all experienced the same feelings at some point in our lives. Lucky for you, feelings are my thing. No matter how big, overwhelming, or demanding things feel right now, you can learn how to process, understand, and accept those big emotions, scary thoughts, and painful memories. I will create a safe space, full of empathy, validation, and most importantly, honesty, to give you the room you need to let out everything you have been holding back. Your experiences are yours strengths and we can turn those strengths into strategies that will move you closer to a fulfilling, confident life that you have been wishing for.
Hola/Hola! ¡Soy Kate! Soy Licenciada en Psicología Asociada, Bilingüe (Español/Inglés). Creo que la terapia es un espacio donde nosotros como humanos podemos explorar lo que no está funcionando, haciéndonos sentir solos y desconectados de nosotros mismos. A pesar de que nuestras experiencias de vida son únicas, como seres humanos no estamos solos, y al final del día todos hemos experimentado los mismos sentimientos en algún momento de nuestras vidas. Por suerte para ti, los sentimientos son mi campo. No importa cuán grandes, abrumadoras o exigentes se sientan las cosas en este
momento, podemos aprender a procesar, comprender y aceptar esas grandes emociones, pensamientos aterradores y recuerdos dolorosos. Trabajo en crear un espacio seguro, lleno de empatía, validación y, lo más importante, honestidad, para darte el espacio que necesitas para dejar salir todo lo que has estado eteniendo dentro de ti. Tus experiencias son fortalezas y podemos convertir esas fortalezas en estrategias que te acercan a la vida plena y segura que ha estado deseando.
Parenting ・ Anxiety ・ Trauma・ Depression ・ Life Stress ・ Latin Community
Pre Teens ・ Teens ・ College Students ・ Young Adults ・ Adults
How I Help
My practice is LGBTQIA+ affirming and Trauma-Informed. I am an active listener, offering a respectful, honest, empathetic and inclusive space where your beliefs will always be respected and validated. I create safe emotional spaces, free from judgment, where you can allow yourself to be vulnerable. I know this may sound scary, but I believe that the closer we are to your inner center, the closer we are to the root of what is hurting you, emotionally and physically. I work to see you and your life from a holistic perspective, taking into account the mind, body, soul, social, and cultural parts of who you are. The more we know about where you are, the more I can help you think outside of the box, applying new, creative problem solving tools, and building on your unique strengths to increase your self-confidence. I promise to meet you where you are, do my best to understand your challenges, help you to navigate and learn from the past (including the parts that are incredibly painful), and to discover the many possibilities that your future holds.
Mi práctica es LGBTQIA+ afirmativa e informada sobre el trauma. Aplico la escucha activa, un espacio respetuoso, honesto, empático e inclusivo donde tus creencias siempre serán respetadas y validadas. Establezco espacios emocionales seguros, libres de juicios, donde puedes permitirte ser vulnerable. Sé que esto puede sonar aterrador, pero creo que cuanto más cerca estamos de tu centro interior, más cerca estamos de la raíz de lo que te estálastimando, emocional y físicamente. Trabajo para verte a ti y tu vida desde una perspectiva holística, teniendo en cuenta la mente, el cuerpo, el alma, las partes sociales y culturales de quién eres. Cuanto más sepamos sobre dónde te encuentra, mejores son las posibilidades de pensar fuera de la caja, aplicarherramientas nuevas y creativas para resolver problemas y aprovechando tus fortalezas únicas para aumentar la confianza en ti. Mi promesa es entender donde estas, hacer todo lo posible para comprender tus desafíos, ayudarte a navegar yaprender del pasado (incluidas las partes que son increíblemente dolorosas) y descubrir las muchas posibilidades que te depara el futuro.
Areas of Focus
Parenthood, what a wonderful thing to experience. Easy to say before you become a parent! After becoming a parent it can feel like living in a constantly chaotic house where your kids are suddenly speaking to you in a language you don't seem to understand and their emotions only get bigger. Have you caught yourself thinking, what am I doing wrong? I’m a bad parent! I can’t do this! Well good news, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Parenting today is not at all what it used to be. Have you heard that old saying “it takes a village to raise a child”? That included the support of grandparents, uncles, aunts, or even long-time neighbors. That is not our reality today. Today, many of us don’t have such a close support system to help raise our children. We may not even have the best relationship with our own family, leaving us without that extended “village” network of support. Even when being stay-at-home moms, the social expectations have definitely increased. Not to mention being a full-time parent while being a full-time worker, the expectation of being the “best” parent, giving “everything” to the kids, co-parenting, and as the cherry on top, understanding your child! If any of these sounds familiar, then you know that parenting is tough, exhausting, and complicated.
I would like you to think of therapy as going on a road trip. You can leave behind ideas of what “a good parent should be” and set off on the journey to redefine your approach to parenting. As we travel the rocky roads of old beliefs, we will make room for new routes.. There will be many twists and turns along the way. You might even feel scared of the road ahead, but you can rest assured. I will be your trusty GPS, guiding you along your unique parenting journey. I will help you to comprehend that foreign language that your kiddo is speaking, regardless of their age or emotional challenges, and build the close, loving relationship that you pictured when you first held them as a baby.
For me, anxiety is like being at a carnival when you hate the rides, and a stranger convinced you that it was a good idea to ride the biggest roller coaster there! While you want to say no, you find yourself already in line, and you begin to feel your body stressing. Your heart is going to pound out of your chest, it’s getting harder to take a deep breath. Your stomach is in knots, your palms are sweatier than they have ever been and your vision is narrowing. It's so overwhelming that you feel the urge to scream! You make an incredible effort to run out of the line, but you are already buckled up in the ride, and it is too late to get out. As the ride begins moving, you repeatedly think "I'm not going to be able to make it.” The fear and uncertainty about how the ride is going to end, and feeling you are not brave enough to manage everything that is happening, takes over. When everything finally comes to a slow stop at the end of the ride, you think to yourself “I don't want to feel this again!,” but before long you find yourself in another line for another anxious ride!
Feeling out of control of your own worried thoughts is exhausting. Anxiety creates, what seems like, an endless cycle of panic and fear. You find yourself constantly bouncing between experiencing intense and overwhelming panic emotions and body sensations and then ruminating how horrible it was to go through a panic attack. You try to avoid the next panic attack by avoiding all things that might make you anxious or even trying to make it look like you have it all together. You find yourself hiding what is going on from friends and family so they don't see how much you are suffering - you do not want to deal with people telling you to “stop overreacting” or to "calm down." The pain of anxiety is only made worse by the self-criticisms that make you think you are “weak” or “defective” because you can’t beat it. As you know, anxiety not only takes control of your thoughts, it takes control of your emotions, it takes control of your body, and sadly, can take control of your life, if you don’t address it.
Through a collaborative process, we can work to understand what is triggering your anxiety and learn strategies for coping and managing both internal and external experiences. I can help you learn to own your mind and body and take charge of your life. I will help you learn that "feeling anxious" is not the same as "living with anxiety". Let's lose the fear of anxiety and work towards a healthy way of living with anxiety and creating a life that is not exhausting, but exhilarating - or even one that makes you content.
Surviving a painful situation changes you emotionally, physically, and socially, making it difficult to break free from the moments where it felt like your whole being was shattered into pieces. These experiences halt your ability to function and create constant hopelessness. You may have lived a life filled with so many negative experiences that you don't know if there can be anything else outside of your pain.
You are here, so I know that you are recognizing that something needs to change.
Some view trauma as a "terrible" experience that someone went through. Personally, I view trauma as not uniquely about "what happened," but how you processed the experiences that you went through. Because of the misconception that trauma is something terrible, many of us tend to invalidate our own experiences by saying, "that wasn't so bad" or "other people have experienced worse." Signs like irritability, feeling overwhelmed, losing control, engaging in risky behaviors, or are constantly in alarm mode, are signals that you might be coping with trauma. If you frequently think about and relive past painful experiences, lose sight of the future because you are stuck in the past, you may be struggling to effectively cope with your past experiences of trauma.
Navigating trauma involves delving into those deeply encoded experiences that hinder your present and future. It's a collaborative journey where we acknowledge and validate your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I understand how confronting painful memories can evoke shame, discomfort, embarrassment, and an urgent desire to avoid. But let me ask you, would you sleep in a room with a dead rat under the carpet? Just because you don't see the rat, does that mean you can't smell it? Trauma, much like a covered up rat in a room, affects us whether we acknowledge it or not. It impacts our daily life, unseen but profoundly felt. However, you don't have to feel trapped by your past. I'm here to meet you where you are, guiding you through your past until we uncover new perspectives. Embracing new outlooks begins the process of liberation from pain, despair, and restrictive thoughts. Your past doesn't define you; it's a tool for growth. Together, we can transform every experience into a stepping stone, shaping the person you aspire to be and enabling you to savor new moments. Let's explore how your life experiences can propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.
A Bit About Me
I come from La Isla del Encanto Puerto Rico, so humor, music, culture, and a positive outlook are part of my roots. Settled in Austin about 6 years ago, I continue to enjoy finding good food (suggestions are always welcome!), music concerts and small festivals for fun. I also enjoy a relaxing night, with goodies/snacks and watching a new series or movies with my family.
M.Psy. in Counseling Psychololgy
B.A. in General Social Sciences
Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Universidad de Puerto Rico
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