Kathleen Otero, LPC
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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Maryland and Virginia. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Christopher Newport University and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Virginia Tech. GO HOKIES!
I spent the first several years of my counseling career providing in-home therapy to children, adolescents and their families, and this has given me a unique perspective on understanding the suffering that families go through when one or more members are struggling with mental illness. I also have experience working with adults in outpatient and residential settings, and serving members of our military through the many challenges that military life presents.
In my personal life, I enjoy practicing yoga and mindfulness, playing with my dog, and spending time with my husband and son. I believe my own self-care is an important part to staying present and engaged with the clients I serve, and I make a conscious effort every day to make sure I’m bringing the best of myself to each therapeutic relationship.
I use a holistic approach to treating mental illness, because one-size-fits-all oftentimes does not actually “fit all”. I approach my work with the belief that people do the best they can with what they have in the moment and that we all yearn for a sense of safety and connection. My role as a clinician, therefore, is to offer a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where clients can reflect, learn, and work towards reaching their ultimate potential.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Anger Issues
- Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Gender Identity
- Mental Health Professionals
- Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
- Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
- Sexual Identity
- Stress/Stress Management
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Women's Issues
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
- Yoga Therapy
- Trauma Survivors