About Katie Virga, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Philosophy & Approach
The parts of ourselves that we struggle with often make perfect sense when considered in the context of our relational histories. By understanding how our behaviors have helped us adapt to our past relationships, we can offer these parts of ourselves compassion rather than feel shame, overwhelm, or frustration. We can accept these parts while also working towards
more flexible and effective responses.
I bring warmth, curiosity, and humor into my work with clients in order to create a space of safety, exploration, and empowerment. I support clients in reflecting on relationship patterns and the impact of past experiences, sitting with emotions, and identifying needs, values, and boundaries. I believe self-awareness is crucial to growth, but also recognize the importance of putting insights into action. Therefore, I also support clients in experimenting with more adaptive ways of being with themselves and others.
My approach to therapy is most informed by Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy, which focus on the influence of one's early experiences and improving one's relationship to self and others. I am also completing training in Internal Family Systems (IFS), which is an experiential, trauma-informed therapy that guides clients in exploring and relating compassionately to their "parts," or sub-personalities, in order to reduce internal conflict and release parts from the protective strategies they have developed in response to past wounding. To best support your needs, I may also draw from other theories and modalities such as Polyvagal Theory, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University (2019)
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz (2015)
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (AMFT) #11332
Experience providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in school-based, agency-based, and private practice settings (2017-present)
Currently completing Internal Family Systems Level 1 Training with the IFS Institute
Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, attachment trauma, eating disorders, and couples counseling