We can't solve problems by using the same type of thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein
Meet Katie Zimmermann
Listen to me speak about the process of opening up my own practice in this podcast!
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Science in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, SLO. I am grateful to live in the city of San Luis Obispo, where I find beauty in both the people and the environment. I love animals, hiking, cooking, painting, spending quality time with friends and family, and trying new things that are a challenge!
I have a passion for working with couples and people who have been affected by complex trauma and P.T.S.D., addiction, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the unique needs of each client, couple, or family through a trauma-informed and strength-based lens, which empowers my clients to find meaning, purpose, and an increased ability to experience feelings of strength and joy. I believe that everyone has the underlying potential to experience fulfillment and satisfaction in their life, and if the roadblocks are removed, people can and will find joy, self-compassion, and balance. I believe in the powerful nature of the therapeutic relationship, and I am grateful for my time collaborating with clients to increase their insight and awareness, and heighten their ability to experience gratification. I am genuine and candid with those I work with, and I enjoy utilizing humor, playfulness, and exploration in therapy to promote healing.
My experience stems from working with people who are overcoming significant life adversity, or feeling “stuck” in their existence. The impact of complex trauma, dissatisfaction with one’s self, or repeated experiences of feeling unloved, unworthy, or rejected can shape our view of the world, ourselves, and others in a pervasively negative and often unhelpful way. In working with several clients who have been affected by trauma, abuse, addiction, eating disorders, self-criticism, and relational difficulties, I have found a combination of approaches that when integrated and uniquely tailored to the individual, create positive change.
I integrate aspects of Positive Psychology and Positive Neuroplasticity, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and the Gottman Method when working with couples. I also frequently use behavioral, somatic experiencing, and Gestalt Therapy techniques to further my client's progress in therapy.