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My Story

Everyone’s life has many ups and downs, mine is no different.  My life experiences include abuse issues in childhood.  This abuse led to me being removed from my biological family and placed in foster.  The foster care system worked for me and I gained a good, stable foster family and faith community. 

My new forever family helped me gain healing from the earlier abuses, but lack of self-worth and view of myself as unimportant continued throughout my life. 

As an adult, I experienced Complex PTSD and depression, which was severe at times.  Because of the abuse of my earlier life, parenting and marriage were often difficult to navigate. 

However, with the help of good counseling, and supportive friends and family I found my way. 

My journey has had amazing highs and difficult lows.  And the journey is continuing.  I would welcome working with other women who have and are experiencing bumps in the road on life’s journey.  Together we will look at your gifts and focus on the strengths you have and the goals you want to achieve. 

Coaching Services
Kathy offers one-on-one coaching as well as groups. (see Community Care tab)  One-on-one sessions are $50.00 per 50-minute session and can be online or face to face, at
331 E. Main Marion KS.    





Kathy holds graduate degrees in education and mental health counseling.  She is a licensed professional counselor and a trauma recovery coach.  For 28 years Kathy was an early childhood educator, teaching both children and adults.  Since 2012 she has worked with churches teaching child protection/sexual abuse prevention classes.  Her childhood memoir, Bars, Dumps and Other Childhood Hangouts was published in 2013.  Kathy has been married to Tim for 33 years and they have two adult daughters.

Kathy is the board chair for Into Account, (intoaccount.org), Witness Support Specialist for GRACE: Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments (netgrace.org.)  She is also a blogger and speaker for Dove's Nest, (dovesnest.net) and former board member for CASA: A Voice for Children in Harvey County

Went to school at:  

Hesston College 1978-1980  A.A. Early Childhood Education

Bethel College 1980-1982  B.S. Elementary Education

Wichita State University 1987-1992 M.Ed in Elementary Education 

Emporia State University 2012 - 2015 M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Level I STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) Training 2016

Licensed as a Professional Counselor #3176 (October 2017) 

Trauma Recovery Coaching Institute 2018

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Completed Coursed March 12, 2019


Worked at:

Harvey County Health Department

Kansas Children's Service League

New Creation Preschool

Hutchinson Community College

Zion Lutheran Preschool

Self-employed speaker and author  



Bars, Dumps and Other Childhood Hangouts published 2013

Please Don't Send Me Back published 2021