About Katie Virga
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Philosophy & Approach
My approach to therapy is most informed by Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. I believe that the parts of ourselves that we struggle with often make perfect sense when considered in the context of our relational histories. By understanding how these parts of ourselves are seeking to help us, we can offer them compassion rather than feel shame, overwhelm, or frustration. We can accept these parts and honor how they came to be, 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 difficult emotions, and identifying needs, values, and boundaries. I see self-awareness as crucial to growth, but also recognize the importance of creating change through new experiences. Therefore, I also support clients in shifting how they relate with themselves and others.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) #128391 (2021)
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University (2019)
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz (2015)
Experience providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in school-based, agency-based, and private practice settings (2017-present)
Trained in Internal Family Systems (Level 1), Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, attachment trauma, and couples counseling
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." ~ Carl Rogers