Kathleen Mueske, LPC
Diversity issues including LGBTQ, Identity Development & Self Esteem, Gender Issues, Spirituality, Relationship Issues, Depression, Mindfulness, Stress Management and Career Development. Also interested in assisting clients with the impact of trauma, abuse, neglect and oppression.
Background and Counseling Philosophy
Kathleen graduated with her Master’s degree from UWO with both an emphasis in Community Counseling and Higher Education. She spent 14 years working in community based settings providing direct counseling services and clinical supervision. Two of those setting were a sexual assault crisis center and a hospital that specializes in trauma care. She supports the concept that ‘everyone has a story to tell’ and believes that all people are worthy of dignity and respect. Kathleen believes that most people seeking counseling services need a safe and affirming support network in order to make positive changes in their lives. “Trust is a key component in the counseling relationship”. She uses realistic limit setting and holds clients accountable for their actions. She also respects each client’s right to make their own decisions, determine their own path and learn from their mistakes. “We all make mistakes.” Only when clients are a danger to themselves or others does she direct them regarding what to do. She believes that humor is also a useful tool in counseling, as well as the right to challenge each other. Kathleen invites and encourages clients to talk with her directly if there are uncomfortable times in the counseling process. “I want clients to tell me if I do something that upsets them. I’m not perfect and I sometimes say things that clients react to. I want them to tell me so we can talk about it and come to a better understanding of each other”. “I understand that this might be the first time a client is taking this kind of risk”.
Kathleen also uses her career and volunteer work to help reduce the negative effects of oppression. Her belief that HOPE is the true essence of an enriched life drives her passion for speaking up for those who cannot defend themselves, like children and animals.
- MSE, Counselor Education, UWO 1996
- BS, Communications-Radio/TV/Film, UWO 1990
Kathleen is a singer/songwriter and plays guitar. She does volunteer work in the areas of Spirituality and Women’s Issues. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and animals and spending time in nature. One personal interest is raising awareness of how people with creative minds/artists are often misunderstood by the mental health community.