Katie Jo Glaves, LMFT, CMHS
I believe that every child and every family has the potential to be successful and happy, but getting there can sometimes be a challenge. Every child is born with unique skills, strengths and challenges and every parent parents the best they can.
When a child or family is ‘stuck’ or struggling, therapy can help. As a child and family therapist, I work with children age 3-18, specializing in behavioral problems, autism/developmental disabilities and anxiety.
I also work with women and men who are facing fertility and parenting challenges.
Katie Jo is in-network with most Premera, LifeWise, First Choice, Kaiser, Regence, Cigna, Anthem and other Blue Cross plans.
When working with children, I believe strongly in the need for parental involvement. Solving challenges in children requires parents, therapists and, at times, teachers and other professionals, to work together.
With children, I combine art therapy, bibliotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and family work to create a framework for change. Families that work with me describe me as proactive, positive and caring. I strive to see the strengths in everyone and leverage those unique strengths into solutions.
When working with teens, I discuss with parents and the teen how much family involvement is needed and desired. Often, it ebbs and flows. With teens, I focus on their dreams and goals. I often teach ‘thinking skills’ from cognitive behavioral therapy to help teens cope and gain mastery over their lives. I also draw on dialectical behavioral therapy skills to help teens remain mindful and regulate their emotions.
Professional training & memberships...
In my career, I have had experience as a child and family therapist in a social services agency and in treatment centers for people with eating disorders and for children with serious mental illness. Because of these experiences, as well as my experience in private practice, I have worked with a wide range of challenges in children. I have training in evidenced-based behavioral treatment (Parent Child Interactive Therapy and Helping the Noncompliant Child) and in cognitive behavioral therapy.
I have worked extensively with children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and I am very interested in helping children develop a sense of empathy and connection to others. I am familiar with learning disorders and executive functioning disorders and their effects on children’s sense of self.
I am trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist, and I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle with an emphasis on working with families and youth. I am licensed in Washington State, credential #LF60610856 and I am a Child Mental Health Specialist.