About Katie Spillar
Katie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Communications from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. She then earned a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science from The University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Katie has thirteen years of experience working with children, individuals and families in the mental health field. She has worked with children and teens in a residential treatment center, doing individual and group therapy with the residents there. She has worked in an advocacy center, doing individual, group, and family therapy with sexual abuse survivors. She has also worked with children in the foster care system and adoptive children and families. Katie has conducted training programs for prospective and current foster and adoptive parents.
Katie is specifically trained from a systems perspective, meaning she explores the relationships and experiences that lead individuals to where they are currently at. As human beings, the ways we feel, the choices we make, and the ways we behave are usually not isolated events outside of a relational realm. “In my experience, if we can enhance the family system, then the child will feel more safe, secure, and empowered, and behavioral problems will naturally decrease. As adults, if we can better understand and empathize with our family-of-origin dynamics, we can better process through our current problems with ourselves, our current relationships, or our view on life”. -Katie Spillar
“My goal is to help people get “unstuck,” whether in childhood or adulthood, so that they can live to their full potential, as all human beings deserve to do”. -Katie Spillar
Katie has the following Certifications:
Throughout Katie’s experience she has become a big part of the community here in Austin.
Katie has given trainings at Adoption Knowledge Affiliates and the Capital Area Foster Parent Association. She has also conducted webinars for Children of All Nations/ Great Wall China Adoption and conduct Behavior Crisis Management Trainings for adoptive parents.
Katie is a member of the following associations: