Born and raised in rural Alaska, I have had the pleasure of experiencing many parts of this great state. And, just like I take pride in my Alaskan up-bringing, I take pride in the work I do as a therapist.
As a graduate from Antioch University Seattle I received my M. A. in Clinical Psychology and Art Therapy. This diverse program provided solid clinical counseling education with an additional year of studies for the specialization of Art Therapy. Prior to this, I received by B.A. from UAA here in Anchorage in Psychology with a Minor in Fine Art.
Since then, I have expanded my education both as an artist and therapist. In 2010 I was trained and certified as a Families Moving Forward Treatment Specialist, an evidenced based approach to family interventions and supports for those experiencing an FASD. Additionally I have participated in extensive trainings and workshops dedicated to the understanding and treatment of the psychological, neurological, and physical effect of trauma, particularly in early childhood including ARC, TF-CBT, and more. Through my practice, I have integrated the experience and education to hold an informed perspective of best practice approach to these complex needs.
I specialize in the treatment of adolescents and common issues face by our youth today: anxiety, depression, social pressures, self-harm, eating disorders, and ADHD. The therapeutic approaches used are well suited to working with teens and young adults, providing a variety of ways to process and communicate their expereinces as well as learn skills to better navigate their world.
As a mother of three, I also understand on a very personal level the trials and triumphs of trying to raise a family in an ever changing world. This perspective informs my work, whether I'm working with adults, children, or family systems. At the end of the day, we are all human beings doing the best we can.
My approach to psychotherapy is one of creativity, compassion, and cutting edge research. If you'd like to find out more about me and possible services, please contact me.
Additionally, if you are a provider and are interested in learning about creative intervention approaches to working with youth and adults in a variety of settings, consider booking a group workshop or individual consultation.
Katie Kajdan Bell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alaska and Registered Art Therapist, a national registration. She specializes in a whole person approach to understanding and practicing adolescent, adult and family psychotherapy in Anchorage, AK.