Katie Thompson, M.S.
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #2644
Here at Gilstrap & Associates, we delight in featuring counselors from our Orlando office that have gone above and beyond, shown exceptional care and proven why they deserve this honor. We hope to give you an insight into their personal and professional lives by asking them a few quick questions, so you can see just why we're so proud of them.
Tell us about your education and professional counseling experience.
I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. After graduating, I moved to Florida to attend Stetson University where I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. During my student internship at Stetson I worked at La Amistad, where I worked with adolescents and their families. Following graduation, I worked in various private schools in Central Florida providing in-school counseling services for students grades pre-K through 8th grade. I have now been at Gilstrap & Associates for a year and have loved working with children, teenagers, parents and couples!
What would you consider your specialties in counseling?
I specialize in working with developmental issues regarding life transitions, identity and self-esteem, as well as depression, anxiety, and self-harm. I mostly work with ages 10-30. I have also been trained in Sand Tray therapy, an experiential modality that works well with all ages as a way to externalize thoughts and events in a tangible and interactive way.
Why did you decide to become a counselor?
I decided to become a counselor because I have a deep desire to help others on their journey. I love listening to people’s stories and helping them walk through the difficulties of life as well as celebrate their successes. I am constantly learning from my clients and continue to be impressed by their resiliency and ability to grow.
What, in your opinion, are the benefits of counseling?
There are so many benefits of counseling it is hard to narrow it down, but I believe one of the biggest benefits is having a person who you can talk to about life and the power of being heard and creating genuine relationship. The desire to be known is strong in all of us and to have a place where you can truly be yourself can be incredibly powerful.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not counseling?
I love spending time with my husband, my friends and my dog, Bailey. I love going to plant nurseries and garden stores and can often be found planting new green things all around my house and office. I also enjoy spending time by the pool or at the beach, reading, playing board games, and drinking a good cup of coffee.