About Strength Counseling
Hi and welcome!
I'm Kathryn Taylor Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP, BCC. Thank you for visiting!
I am a clinically experienced, Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Life Coach. (Life coach website is coming soon!)
I specialize in helping women overcome the things that hold them back from the life they want. I may be able to help you with:
Overcoming unhealthy relationships
Learning to love yourself
Building better relationships
Phobias and fears
Fertility issues, including the IVF and IUI journey
Healing from childhood and adolescent traumas in adulthood
Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting
Becoming a better (happier!) parent or step-parent
Growing the goals and dreams you always wanted (because, hey, life is short!)
Strength Counseling was founded on the idea that every human has inner strength and capability. Even if we sometimes struggle to find that strength, it's in there. My job is to help you harness your inner strength and gain peace and mastery over your life, and I take that job very seriously.
The Strength Counseling Approach
I named my business “Strength Counseling” because it is my goal to focus on client strengths, despite any obstacles or “stuck places” they have had in the past. My approach is to first find those strengths, and then we can work together to build upon them.
While we do focus on strengths, I won’t “candy-coat” what I see— a solid counseling relationship is based on mutual trust and honesty. I’m going to give all I can to give honest, real feedback as we partner toward your healing.
Speaking of partnership— I want you to feel empowered in every step of your counseling process. We work together to form a plan of action that is based around your goals and dreams. And if a topic is too overwhelming to work on right away, we can make a plan to work toward the goals you want to achieve in a way that feels safe for you. Good therapy isn’t something that happens TO you, it is something that happens BECAUSE of you.
So… how does the idea of partnership tie in with clinical mental health counseling? It starts on day one. In almost all counseling locations around the world, the therapeutic relationship usually begins with a diagnosis of some kind, and— honestly, a diagnosis is essential if you choose to use insurance to cover your sessions. This can be very daunting for many people. This whole idea of a therapist judging and assessing can even keep people from the entire healing process.
In my practice, I operate in a judgment-free zone. Before any diagnosing happens, I want to take some time to get to know you. Then, when and if you feel comfortable, we will discuss any needed diagnoses together. I want us to partner to find out if you even need a diagnosis- and then to find one that feels right to you, too, if one is needed. And don’t forget... diagnoses that people receive do NOT define who that person is. You are never a diagnosis. You are much, much more than that.
(Side note: Some people don’t even need a diagnosis— in that case, I recommend life coaching, which I also offer. My life coach website is coming soon- as life coaching is a little bit of a different business. But if you are interested, message me here and I will be happy to tell you more!)
Much of therapy is about healing and learning. It’s about getting to know yourself better, and learning more about how your brain works in certain situations. The better you can work around yourself, the further you can go in life!
Advice I have for anyone interested in healing: therapy only works if you do your part of the work. My goal is to support my clients toward success, but ultimately, the credit goes to each person who is on her healing journey. A famous saying goes, “It works if you work it, and you are worth it!” It may sound cheesy, but it is a very true statement.
Curious About My Work History?
My career path began many years ago in public relations and marketing, but it was always clear to me that I wanted to help people. (Isn’t it funny how we go down paths that aren’t the best fit when we are young?) I was not far into my career when I realized I just wasn’t going to feel work satisfaction until I pursued this whole counseling thing…
After completing my master's degree over a decade ago, I began working with survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. I also spent several years working with individuals in addiction recovery, specializing in "dual diagnosis," which means both addiction plus some type of mental health concern, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. I managed a team of continuing care coordinators for a major rehab company. I became trained as an addiction recovery coach.
I later went on to gain specialized knowledge in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy and the parent-child bond with a specialty in healing women and helping mothers and children heal from abuse. I worked with children and adolescents a lot during that time, and that is where I became fascinated with helping heal various attachment issues that happen in childhood. That work was invaluable, because today, I work with adults and I can see the effects of childhood trauma, and I can see places where even us grown-ups can heal.
I have lead many classes in parent/child relationships, public speaking (especially for those who are afraid to speak publicly), and domestic violence awareness. I co-wrote a book to help children understand addiction. I help men and women understand and overcome abuse. In private practice, I specialize in working with women's issues. All along this path, I have often taken on work as a freelance writer and editor, a job I also enjoy, so I find time to do it when I can--- but I only write about psychology and mental health, because it helps keep me informed, so it is a hobby that serves a few purposes at once!
In 2020, I became a board-certified life coach, and began offering coaching services to adults world-wide, including ex-pats outside of the U.S., those who travel for work, traveling musicians and artists, and those who just want to focus on motivation and moving forward with life goals.
Outside of work, I live a pretty quiet life with an amazing husband and some awesome kids, along with two very sassy cats. And that’s pretty much everything! Phew! Thank you for reading this far!