Kathrine (Kate) Sullivan is a licensed mental health
counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts. She has worked diligently to
achieve success in multiple mental health locations. She began her career as an
intern in the Partial Hospital Program (PHP) at the Leonard Morse Hospital in
Natick, MA. She worked with adults with a wide array of mental health
conditions, primarily those with dual diagnosis disorders. While at the PHP she
conducted individual therapy and psychoeducational groups on self-esteem,
cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, substance use/abuse, and anger
After gaining experience at the PHP Kate transitioned her
career to working with juvenile offenders in two very distinct settings.
Initially, Kate spent approximately two years working with female offenders at
the Girls Secure Detention Unit in Brockton, MA where she again provided
individual and group therapy using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In
this setting Kate was exposed to adolescent girls with significant mental
health diagnoses, exposure to trauma, abandonment issues, self injurious behavior,
violent behavior, prostitution, and gang involvement. Kate excelled in this
environment because of her ability to remain calm but responsive in high crisis
situations, build strong, empathetic relationships with the client’s served
while adhering to excellent professional boundaries. Kate was then promoted to the Clinical Director position at a transition to independent living program for the Department of Youth Services.
Kate played an integral role in the development and execution of the clinical,
behavioral, and educational components of the program. Furthermore, she
developed strong community relationships with schools, employers, recreational
venues, and community health and mental health agencies. In addition to providing individual and group therapy she assisted clients in securing
housing, employment, education, transportation, and mental health services in
the community prior to the discharge from the program. In this setting Kate was
exposed to the struggles that the clients faced when transitioning back to the
community after being in secured settings for months or even years. This
struggle inspired Kate’s transition to the outpatient mental health field.
Kate has had continued success working with adolescents and
adults in the outpatient field. She has further developed skills to help
children struggling with a multitude of mental health diagnoses in this
setting. She has worked outpatient at both a community mental health center and a small group practice in addition to her private practice.
Over the last year, Kate has also worked with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) through the Institute for Health and Recovery to address substance abuse issues in families serviced by DCF. Kate has excelled in helping individuals navigate difficult substance abuse issues and worked to reunify families.