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Katherine Compitus Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Kathy Compitus is a Colombian-American Doctor of Clinical Social Work with over 15 years in direct psychotherapy. She specializes in individual therapy with all ages, from pediatric through adult. She uses an integrative approach tailored to each client and based on unconditional positive regard with a focus on empowering her clients to live more fulfilling lives.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
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“I am a strong ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and I believe it is my responsibility to create a safe space for all clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started out as an educator (MSEd) and then went back to school when I realized that trauma directly affects working memory. I now hold master's degrees in clinical social work and biopsychology and a doctorate in clinical social work. I worked in a psychiatric emergency room for many years with people of all populations and a variety of stressors. I now teach graduate social work students at New York University, Fordham, and Columbia University about best practices when working with clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I care deeply about the wellbeing of my clients and I adapt my treatment model to each client. I am trained in psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches, so I use a mixture of both. I believe that it is important to understand the past to change the present, but my focus always starts on immediate symptom relief. I believe that we all have the capacity to heal and, as a therapist, I am here to support you on your journey. I am a strong ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and I believe it is my responsibility to create a safe space for all clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I feel that we never stop learning and I am always interested in expanding my knowledge. I am currently finishing my training in MIndfulness-Based Stress Relief and I'm a big believer that the mind and body are connected and that to treat one, we must attend to both. I am also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, and in ERP (for OCD). I train other psychotherapists in animal-assisted therapy and grief counseling for pet loss. I feel that pets are a strong source of support that is often overlooked.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I come from a very diverse family and this has certainly shaped my worldview. I consider the personal narrative of each person and the way their reality has developed and recognize that no two people have the same viewpoint. I regard each person's experiences as real and valid and their interpretation of those events as unique to them. I recognize that there is a significant amount of bias in the world and that we must learn as much as possible about each other in order to improve. I have family members from all over the world and consider myself BIPOC and multiethnic.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My research is primarily on attachment theory, object relations, and the human-animal bond. I believe that connecting with animals and nature is a powerful way to repair our own wounded hearts.
“I believe that connecting with animals and nature is a powerful way to repair our own wounded hearts.”