Kathleen Spadaro has been a registered nurse for 36 years with 32 years in psychiatric nursing. As a certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kathleen has worked with adolescent and adult clients in private practice since 1994.
Prior to that, Kathleen provided outpatient therapy as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia from 1988 – 1994. Kathleen also has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in inpatient settings, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs.
As an outpatient therapist, Kathleen provides therapy for individuals with mood disorders, women’s issues, relationship issues, emotional distress with co-morbid physical conditions such as cancer and diabetes, stress management and wellness techniques, and mindfulness coping strategies.
Kathleen’s philosophy focuses on the whole individual who brings strengths to therapy, that this person lives within a larger system, and that often symptoms started as a coping mechanism that may have worked initially but no longer does. Clients are responsible for their choices and my role is to coach, point out discrepancies between their words and their behaviors, make suggestions, and teach techniques to try to make the changes they desire. Significant others and family members are included in the therapeutic process as the need is identified.
Kathleen appreciates the connection with the referring healthcare professional and coordinate care with them, including assisting in the monitoring of medication.