Psychotherapist and fitness specialist Kathryn Gates practices out of Downtown Austin. Kathryn works with adults, teens, couples, and families to develop intimacy and acceptance with themselves, their partners, and their communities. Kathryn’s mission is to support women and men in healing their pasts, embracing their creativity and finding their unique life purpose.
Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis. As a dance and fitness instructor early in her career, Kathryn quickly realized that there were consistent emotional, mental, and relational factors in the people who came to her looking just to “get in shape.” Seeking more comprehensive solutions for her clients, Kathryn wanted to help on a deeper level than prescribing basic fitness advice. Kathryn pursued her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University in Southern California.
In order to “improve fitness,” we have to look at why we continually make choices that do not contribute to health.
During her clinical training, Kathryn worked as a Physical Therapy Aide and Personal Trainer, as a counselor in the Detox unit at Tarzana Treatment Center in Los Angeles, and as a lecturer for the Kinesiology Department of California State University at Los Angeles. The interdependence of the physical, mental, and emotional self continued to fascinate and motivate her to develop her philosophy of change.
Today, Kathryn’s work as a psychotherapist and fitness consultant aids women, men and teens in reducing harmful behaviors, improving the way they think about themselves, and increasing the ability to allow positivity into their lives. Kathryn is licensed in the State of Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Kathryn lives in East Austin with her husband and teenaged stepkids. She enjoys walking on TownLake, catching flicks at the Alamo Drafthouse, and exploring the fantastic local restaurants.