Kathi Scholz, LPC, NCC
Kathi Scholz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She earned her Masters degree in counseling form Marymount University in Northern Virginia and has been practice for 10 years. Her previous career was as a professional artist and teacher.
She practices in the areas she knows the best professionally and that she finds most compelling. These are:
- Sexual concerns with both couples and individuals
- Sexual trauma and abuse
- Relationship distress
- Life changes
Kathi uses a combination of different theories in her practice to balance the healthy care of psychological, sociological, biological and spiritual; meaning, she does not see mental health as a solo concern but views all components as affecting one another. Typically the therapies she incorporates are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Imago Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems, and Mindfulness Techniques. She is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist for trauma and has had extensive training in sex therapy.
Another essential piece of treatment she employs is education relating to both the physiological and the psychological; understanding the mind/body connection, brain functioning and how cultural myths affect our sense of what we perceive as “normal”.
“Exploring Sexuality” is the 10-week group for women Kathi offers twice a year. For 4 years, she facilitated a women’s group for survivors of sexual abuse and has designed and offered sex therapy seminars for the psychotherapy interns/externs at The Women’s Center.
She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC) and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
Kathi brings wisdom, life experience, professional education and skills to her work. Her strong suits are compassion, creative problem solving, and the ability and drive to understand and connect with her clients. She states:
“You are unique. I work with you, the client, as a partner. You lead and I follow employing both my counseling expertise and your expertise about yourself. Together we work through your concerns, understand your history, patterns, and the false and damaging beliefs you have about yourself. I am an aide to making the decisions you want to make and to learning new skills for going forward. I help you to understand, to see and to embrace the unique you and to know your self-worth and potential.”