KATHLEEN SULLIVAN, M.A.
Therapist & Counselor
Kathleen moved to Colorado from her hometown of Chicago, to pursue her Masters of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2010. Following her move to Boulder, she was a mentor for at-risk adolescents, where she grew inspired to support teens in identifying their values, goals and personal power in the world. Following graduation, Kathleen served as a Life Skills Counselor at a young adult treatment program in Boulder for four years, where she supported clients in their treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction, codependency and identity issues. From this experience, she recognizes the fluid nature of identity and the vulnerability that exist in developmental transition throughout the lifespan. Kathleen has specialized training in the various modalities of therapy including Somatic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal Counseling, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Yoga and Meditation, and the Enneagram.
Kathleen believes that healing happens through relationship and that humans, especially women, are wired for connection. Through the therapeutic relationship, Kathleen provides a nonjudgmental witness for her clients to explore issues they face in their lives. She believes that people are fundamentally whole and complete as they are, and is honored to help guild her clients back into a relationship of compassion with themselves. Kathleen takes a body-centered approach in her session, believing that the body is the doorway into her clients present moment experience and that by cultivating mindful awareness of their mental, emotional and physical experience, clients can make more conscious choices towards healthy behavioral change which leads to increase in personal power and ultimately freedom. She believes that healing is a process, and requires a balance between self and other, mind and body, and intention and action and provides practical skills and psycho-education around achieving this balance.
Kathleen is a long time practitioner of yoga and dance and credits much of her personal healing to developing a mindful and intentional relationship with her body. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys laughing with friends, exploring nature with her dog, Nellie, and seeing live music around Boulder.