Kathleen A. Hill, LMFT, Taproot Holistic Counseling, PLLC, is a marriage and family therapist and educator specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, families and individuals. Her independent private practice is located at the Alpine Valley Wellness Center. Kathleen helps people successfully navigate the choppy waters of relationships, address mental health disorders, and resolve personal and spiritual dilemmas.
Common concerns that clients discuss include communication problems, arguments, feeling stuck or lost, chronic conflict, infidelity, divorce, remarriage, blended families, parenting, dating, loneliness, and workplace stress. Kathleen creates a safe space in which people can do the “good work” of personal and relationship healing.
Throughout life everyone struggles with problems in their relationships, at home and a work. You know how it goes. An argument, a misunderstanding. You feel hurt or angry, ignored or overwhelmed. Maybe you try again, reach out, but it doesn’t work. Not knowing what to say or how to fix the problem creates even more stress. You might try to sweep it under the rug, hoping the problem goes away. But the truth is, it doesn’t. It lingers in the back of your mind, silently wreaking havoc in your heart and even your body. In the worst case scenario, it can eventually destroy your most precious relationships.
So how can we deal the ups and downs of life in ways that keep us together rather than tearing us apart? Is it possible to resolve seemingly impossible situations?
Emotionally Focused Therapy helps people deal with the universal problem of relationship issues. It is based on the new science of love and leading edge research in neurobiology. EFT changes the way we communicate with one another, paving the way for healing and secure connection.
Kathleen says, “More than any other therapy that I know, Emotionally Focused Therapy is truly effective in helping people heal ruptures and reclaim the closeness they long for, for good. It works with couples, families, and individuals.”
Research using EFT with couples demonstrated that couples maintained their gains for a minimum of two years post-therapy and continued to improve. Working directly with the emotion centers of the brain gives us access to the primal cues that govern our relationships. Adults have the exact same needs for secure connection that infants and children have. Unmet needs don’t go away. We now know how to meet those needs in adults as well as children.
Kathleen also works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, loss and grief, life transitions, problems with work, school, social life, mild to moderate trauma, some forms of brain injury, chronic pain, insomnia, and spiritual aspects of emotional healing and wellness.
In addition to Emotionally Focused Therapy, treatment options include cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, hypnotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, music and sound healing, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), infant massage classes for parents/primary caregivers, and attachment work.
Kathleen has been a counselor since 1992, and has been teaching parents how to create secure relationships since 1984. She provides public talks, workshops, and intensives. She has experience working with diverse populations (Hispanic, Native American, Asian, LGBTQ,) most religious/spiritual belief systems, and all age groups from parents with infants to the elderly.
Kathleen is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is licensed to practice in WA (LF60680869) and NM (0147931). Kathleen is a certified infant massage instructor (CIMI), and a certified cross-cultural music in healing practitioner (CCMHP).
As a therapist and educator, Kathleen brings a life-affirming view to all she serves, helping them to grow and develop deeper meaning in life. Her experiences as a mom, step-mom, and grandmother, along with many years of single parenting, inform and inspire her work. Kathleen’s mission is to build secure relationships and transform lives, locally and globally.