Katina works with individuals, couples and families through identifying and developing their individual and relational strengths. She endorses a systems frame for therapy which acknowledges that individuals cannot be viewed apart from their relationships and the world around them; the eventual goal is to create and sustain change outside of the therapy office.
During her graduate studies Katina worked with children and families in a pediatric clinic, and provided psychotherapy to individuals at Samaritan Counseling Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the School of Social Welfare at the University of Albany in 2009 . After graduation Katina worked in mental health rehabilitation where she taught and developed groups related to maintaining mental health and achieving life goals. Katina has also supervised and trained SUNY Albany Mental Health Counseling interns and Sage Occupational Therapy interns within a community psychiatric rehabilitation setting. She returned to Samaritan Counseling Center in 2011 to practice psychotherapy and has developed trainings and workshops around parenting young children, teenage self injury, the teenage brain, and healthy relationships.
Her interests and continued research include: animal assisted therapy, antepartum and postpartum mood disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, and the family life cycle.