Katlyn Cizek, LCPC
“What you resist, persists.” ~ Carl Jung
So often I hear from clients that they have been putting off or avoiding going to therapy for years because they either feel that it won’t help them or they simply don’t understand how the process works. Part of my job as a therapist is to explore feelings of resistance with you while exploring more adaptive coping skills to improve your quality of life. Even if you’re apprehensive about getting started, I’m here to try to understand more about your concerns from a position of curiosity rather than questioning.
Hi there! I’m Katlyn Cizek and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, and I’ve had the privilege of providing counseling services in various settings to a diverse population with a range of presenting concerns. I’m an avid animal lover as well, so all of your pet stories are welcomed and encouraged!
I’m incredibly grateful for my work as a crisis counselor in the emergency room setting because it has offered me the opportunity to utilize an array of therapeutic techniques while adapting quickly to each changing situation that comes through the door. Having this background has allowed me to easily transition into private practice where I have the opportunity to spend much more time with my clients and fully explore what is holding them back.
I understand the importance of creating a safe space that is free of stigma and judgment. Establishing rapport is a crucial component in the first couple of sessions, and in order to make you feel more comfortable, I use a person-centered approach, which allows you to share personal experiences and process emotions at your own pace while I provide therapeutic support.
As an avid runner, and someone who has competed in triathlons, I can definitely relate to work performance stress, overachievers, and teen athletes struggling with perfectionism. If you’re finding yourself struggling with symptoms of anxiety, stress, or a poor performance mindset, I’m equipped to teach you the skills and strategies needed to stop getting in your own way. It’s important to keep in mind that these things are treatable, and you don’t have to stay miserable. I have a high level interest in treating mood disorders as well, such as depression and bipolar disorder. I’m not afraid to talk about suicide because talking it through allows us to create a tailored plan to meet your needs. I really appreciate clients coming in during such a vulnerable and challenging time for them in an effort to make improvements. Our focus will be on finding a way up from the challenging low.
If you’ve experienced any of these thoughts or feelings lately, chances are that we will work very well together:
- Feeling stuck in a thought or behavior that really isn’t doing you any good
- Maybe you’ve read all of books, blogs, and have done all the things…and nothing
- You’re just drained and don’t feel like doing anything…even if it’s supposed to be fun
- Feeling like there is a black cloud following you around
My goal is to provide you with education, guidance, and support so that you can understand the meaning behind the way you are thinking, feeling, and behaving. I also feel that it is important for you to know that therapy takes work. It can be a difficult process, but I promise I will be with you every step of the way. Great therapeutic work takes vulnerability, so some days may be less fun than others. There will be weeks where you take five steps forward and there will be weeks where you take ten steps back. The beautiful thing is that as the weeks pass, you will learn more about yourself, and strengthen your ability to cope effectively with your struggles, which leads to improved overall mental health.
I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Strengths- Based, Person-Centered, and Trauma Focused Counseling. I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your journey to improve your mental health!