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Conversations with Willow Katz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Willow Katz.

Hi Willow, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?

I grew up in Berkeley so I am one of those oft-cited California transplants to Austin, however I am married to a native Texan so that gives me at least some local cred, I think! I traded one big city for another when I moved to Manhattan for college. I decided that I wanted to be a therapist when I took my first psychology course at NYU, when i started learning about the human mind. It’s endlessly fascinating. The idea of peeling back the layers of thought and feeling like an onion was very appealing

I began working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2006. I specialize in working with people who are experiencing depression and anxiety, relationship difficulties, and life transitions.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Well it’s been a more challenging road than I anticipated. I have a special interest in working with parents of severely disabled children because I can truly say I have walked that path. My older son has been diagnosed with autism, level 3. He has very high support needs and requires 24/7 1:1 supervision and care. I took a long hiatus from working to help support his needs, but at a certain point, I realized that it would be better for me to go back to work and get some outside assistance in caring for him. Parents of special needs kids face so many challenges and it is satisfying for me to help care for them.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?

I am a bit of a rare bird in the therapist world in that I truly enjoy working with couples. I have trained with the Gottman Institute, where we work with couples to adapt their communication styles by using “I” statements, framing communication in terms of “when you do this, I feel that” instead of criticizing, which prevents a person from being heard and promotes defensiveness. Perhaps because of my Bay Area upbringing my communication style is authentic, direct, and engaged — far from the stereotypical “and how do you feel about that” therapist! While there is a time and a place for a more formal style, I find people make the most progress when they feel safe dropping the mask and coming to the session with candor, and I try very hard to welcome my patients to do so.

I also hold a particularly welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ people and non-religious individuals.

At the moment I only offer teletherapy, but I do hope to have an office in Westlake in the future.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I’m highly introverted. I have always loved to read. I’m also very crafty, I love vintage and I sew my own clothes. I love the original Twilight Zone series and classic Noir films.

Pricing:

  • $140 per hour for private pay
  • Accepts UHC/Optum
  • Accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield

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