Kate (Kathleen) Mounts


No one comes to counseling because they feel strong, clear-minded about their life, joyful and on top of the world. Emotional pain, hopelessness or worries are usually the common denominators which motivate people to seek outside help. If positive thinking doesn’t seem enough and the assistance of family and friends doesn’t seem to work, then it might be helpful to seek outside help.

Symptoms of depression or anxiety are ways our body tells us to stop and pay attention. When there are questions about why we feel stuck, can’t figure out what steps to take or dread the changes we feel deep in our heart we know we “should” take, and then talking with a counselor could be beneficial.

You want to feel you can connect, trust and feel safe with a counselor. You want the experience to result in something helpful. You want to feel that your privacy is honored and you feel respected as you explore issues. Unfortunately it is not a quick cure or magic pill that our society tells us to expect to feel better, but it need not take a life time.

I have been a social worker since 1977. My extensive and diverse work experience provides me with a deep understanding of many of life detours which impact families. Lets just say, I’ve been around long enough that it takes a lot to shock me and most themes I have heard or experienced before. We all have fire fighter behaviors we use in life to fight back, run from, push down or numb out emotionally painful or scary experiences. That’s the way the human brain works. Unfortunately, habits develop and personality traits get more ingrained and automatic. Often we believe our thinking is the only reality out there. The reality is, In stress our body reacts in ways that are left over from earlier life experiences and we don’t know how to react or feel differently even when we really will ourselves to try. Fortunately, change in our mind/body systems is now more understood and change is possible.
In counseling you are working with someone who is focusing on you, not himself or herself. We rarely get this opportunity in life as an adult. To feel we are worthy of this attention, acceptance and appreciation is a gift from a good counselor that might initially feel difficult to accept.

A counselor sees the world from outside your head and experience and has observations, skills and knowledge that might be helpful for you to understand your attitudes, emotions, beliefs, body sensations; and thought and behavior patterns in a new way. Our life experience creates ruts in our brain functioning, it is helpful to gain insight and then we can more likely move from willingness to action without immobilizing fear or avoidance. Whether you are struggling with big T (trauma) issues like the aftermath of child abuse or little “ t “ issues like a new performance anxiety therapy can provide hope, skills and sometimes be life-changing.

I feel comfortable with all age groups and have worked with mental health issues with adults, teens and young children. I have worked in hospitals, hospice, adult foster care, child welfare and juvenile detention settings. I have over 20 years working with foster and adoption issues and hold a special certificate working as a therapist with special needs children in these family settings. Trauma and loss are my clinical specialty areas.

Nothing has prepared me more for this work than my own life experiences of adoption and reunion with my birth family, a long period of infertility and infant loss, balancing marriage, parenting and work responsibilities and 20 years of assisting with the care of a disabled mother after a traumatic brain injury.

My journey has brought me through hurting, to healing to helping. The Ancient Celtic Blessing reads, “May you have the commitment to know what has hurt you; to allow it to come closer to you and in the end, become one with you.” Unfortunately, the only way through pain, is through pain. It is a journey.

Look in the specialty areas on this website for additional information. I have worked with people in all age groups, from all walks of life, in crisis or in pain in a variety of settings; including, medical, mental health and child welfare.

EMDR is a more recent psychotherapy which understands the mind/body connection and helps you get unstuck from the past hurts or understand your current reactions to present crisis. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss associated with death, divorce, illness, abuse or neglect, addiction and recovery. Check out the EMDR section for more information and links to resources.

Look for a therapist who has worked through their own history, takes and interest in your story and has experience with your presenting problem.

I would be happy to receive a call or an e mail. I understand your ambivalence to make this journey. I believe you will find the right person to assist you, your child, parent, or other loved one through the next steps. Reaching out is difficult for most of us.


Kate (Kathleen) Mounts

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Oregon
Registered Counselor/Washington
Advanced Practitioner in Family Mediation
Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive Families
Certificate in EMDR (adults and children) and in process of EMDRIA certification