Kathy Blackmer (Poplar Grove and Woodstock offices) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has worked in Community Mental Health for over 35 years and has broad experience working with adults, teens and children with mental health concerns, at-risk youth, those with addictions, and those who experienced trauma. Kathy has years of experience in crisis intervention, both at the community level and at the national level. She has worked as a crisis volunteer at Ground Zero, Hurricane Katrina, and college campuses. Kathy is Intensively Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech, the highest standard for DBT training. DBT is effective for working with persons who struggle with BPD and disorders of emotional regulation, self-harm or chronic suicidal thoughts. Kathy also has specialty training and experience in working with children and adults with attachment challenges, including working with children in foster care or adoptive homes, and working with teens and adults with LGBT concerns. In addition to being a DBT therapist, Kathy also coordinates our addictions recovery programs. She is a professional member of the American Counseling Association and the Illinois Counseling Association.
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