As I sit here and ponder how to properly say “Hello and Welcome to my Blog!” in a way that captures attention of others long enough to scroll, I am looking out at the most serene mountain tops (something that is breath-takingly unique for this Florida girl). For someone who typically has plenty to say, I am not all that smooth with the introduction parts. I keep looking out at these green peaks, peppered with the first kiss of autumn leaves, willfully hoping they will whisper what to say that sounds “smooth” and “intriguing”.
My name is Katherine Scott, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Northeast Florida. The magical place where the land is ordinarily flat, the air is heavy, and the weather is as moody as a toddler after a bad night’s sleep.
I have the utmost pleasure of working in a private practice lovingly known as Puzzle Peace Counseling. Here, I work with a diverse array of little humans, their families, and the parental couple. While I encounter plenty of the mental health gamut from ADHD to OCD to trauma and grief that encapsulates the entire family system, I have a special place in my heart for Autism. At Puzzle Peace Counseling, we specialize with this particular population.
It is my calling, my therapeutic “sweet spot”.
Anywho, more about this later.
As therapists, we are required to explore different theoretical orientations revolving around how people go about healing their “emotional and/or mental turmoil”. Then, we are asked to choose one and thoroughly align with it. This alignment could shift throughout our journeys as therapists, but funny enough, mine has remained a constant.
Experiential Family Therapy. AKA, I view healing occurs through the connection of the mind, body, and soul. The unifying trifecta that encourages us to hone in on our experiences, as well as heal through them. Sitting in a chair across from my client for sessions on end does not cut it in the experiential sense. Many times, we are knuckle deep in slime creations, artistic expressions, outside, or integrating balls, blocks, or games into our dialogue. The creative opportunity for therapeutic experiences are limitless.
Another experience-based form of healing is through writing. One I am particularly fond of. I’m not sure if it’s the quiet way of tuning into my thoughts, or the safe space it cultivates when trying to organize my mindset. Whatever the case, it’s one of my experiences I engage in that brings me healing, peace, and an outlet to let the words out from my mind and into the world.
So, at the encouragement of my sweet, newlywedded husband, here I am. This blog will contain a diversity of tid-bits and tangents. An outlet for my hotheaded, feisty side. A blog focusing on what my experience of being a Therapist is in this messy, pressurized, somewhat-of-a-dumpster-fire World that 2020 has not-so-lovingly created. A blog of perhaps helpful guidance regarding humans in all different phases of their journeys.
A place one could ask a vulnerable question or two and cultivate a thought-provoking dialogue. Who knows, the possibilities for these experiences are limitless!