I am psychotherapist and health coach Kathryn Gates.
I work with adults, teens, couples, and families. My mission is to improve relationships – with yourself and those around you. When your relationships are healthy, studies have shown you are avoiding early death more than if you were taking blood pressure medication or being exposed to air pollution.
I help people make their lives more fulfilling than they knew they could be.
I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis. During and after college, I taught dance and group exercise. My clients who wanted to “get in shape” quickly showed me how many other factors that affected the way their bodies worked. Feelings, thoughts, and relationships affected how clients moved. On a basic level, if one of my students was up late the night before, arguing with a spouse, she had less energy in our fitness class. Due to anxiety about traffic on the way to the gym, a personal training client might feel more energy and increase his workout intensity. These emotional, mental, and relational factors also affected how clients felt about their bodies. A deeper level that could truly help people find what they want -beyond basic fitness advice- became my passion. It was time to delve into psychology in order to understand why people were doing the things they were doing. Even when they said they didn’t want to do them. In 2007, I pursued a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University in Southern California.
Accomplishing a marathon or a detox cleanse is not going to change the shame you feel about yourself.
While in grad school, I also worked as a Physical Therapy Aide and Personal Trainer. I was a counselor at Tarzana Treatment Center in Los Angeles. I also taught for the Kinesiology Department of California State University at Los Angeles. Consequently, I saw the physical parts of a person contributing to their mental stability. I saw how a person’s emotions affected their physical status. The interdependence of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of a person fascinated me. We can not be healthy without a continual pursuit of balance.
Finally, I’m thrilled to practice psychotherapy in downtown Austin and to provide fitness consultation for recovery centers. Aiding women, men and teens in this way is so fulfilling. I get to see people improve the way they think about themselves in my office. I get to show people how to allow positivity into their relationships. I get to see my clients transition their lives in ways they often didn’t know were possible. I’m licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Texas and American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified.
~~~No matter how much the American culture is ingrained with independence and all on my own values, as mammals, we are not intended to NOT need one another.~~~