Katherine Hawkins--Allen was raised on a wheat farm in Washington state and joyfully raised a large family in Utah. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently licensed in Utah and Arizona. She combines an Experiential/Solution Focused approach with other evidenced based modalities to customize therapy to client’s specific needs and circumstances.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, she is passionate about helping couples strengthen, deepen, or heal their marriage relationship. Two couples therapy approaches she utilizes include John Gottman’s extensive work over four decades on divorce prediction and marital stability and Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy based on bonding and attachment. She has completed the Level II training in EMDR which is an effective treatment for healing overwhelming and traumatic experiences. She is also particularly fond of Play therapy and the incredible insights that come from sand tray work.
She has over 26 years presenting, training and counseling adopted children, adoptive families, and birth parents to encourage and enable successful adoption transitions and outcomes. She has experienced satisfying success supporting attachment between RAD children and their parents. She believes in and incorporates the healing power of art, music, humor, spirituality, narrative, dreams and archetypes to uncover and access the inner strengths inherent within each individual.
Katherine is committed to assisting clients discover a clear vision of their future and then identify the personal strengths that will enable this vision. She feels honored to share the journey to health and wellness with clients challenged by addiction, attachment, anxiety, depression, pre and post-divorce, self-harm, suicide, aging, pregnancy and postpartum transition, changing family roles and functions, grief, sexual abuse, sexual intimacy, trauma, PTSD, and other relational issues.
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