Wherever you are on the journey is
exactly where you need to be.
Thank you for letting me share a bit of my story with you. My life journey has had many ups and downs, twists and turns. I’ve chronicled this journey in my books, Bars Dumps and Other Childhood Hangouts and Please Don’t Send Me Back (published in April 2021). Through it all I’m grateful for the support I received from friends, family and counselors. Now it is my turn to give back to other women.
In 2015 I received a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Emporia State University. I went on to get my license as a professional counselor and a certification as a Trauma Recovery Coach. These achievements have led me down a new path. I started my coaching practice in 2019. Kathy Wiens Coaching is a safe place to find support, validation and help in navigating the journey of life.
Finding our voice, strengths and authentic self is an important part of our journey. It’s never too late or too early to start living your true authentic life. My practice offers a variety of resources including coaching, writing support groups, a blog, YouTube channel, classes and a monthly newsletter.
Everyone’s life has many ups and downs, and 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 care. 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 in 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.
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 36 years and they have two adult daughters.
Kathy is on the board of Into Account, (intoaccount.org) and is a Witness Support Specialist for GRACE: Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments (netgrace.org). She is a former blogger and speaker for Dove's Nest, (dovesnest.net) and former board member for CASA: A Voice for Children in Harvey County, Kansas.
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