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Kaitlin Duren

Kaitlin Duren provides counseling in Raleigh, North Carolina
Kaitlin Duren
LCMHCA
Specialties: Adults, Anxiety, Career Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples, Depression, Family Counseling, LGBTQ+ Issues, Life Transitions, Stress Management

Hello! My goal is to help clients identify obstacles and understand their needs and strengths to achieve personal growth and success within relationships and life goals.

Kaitlin received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in coaching education from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2016. Kaitlin started her career in elementary education and worked with diverse learners in California. She worked with students receiving special education services and pushed to create a sensory room on campus for all students to utilize. She had a passion for social-emotional learning and making education accessible for all types of learners.  She has experience working with students with anxiety, depression, PTSD,  on the Autism spectrum, and other neurodiversities. 

She transitioned from the classroom to work with university students in Washington, DC. She was in a role to support international and domestic students secure and maximize their internship experiences in the nation’s capital. She was involved in the development of resources to make internships more accessible to first-generation college students, non-native English speakers, neurodiverse individuals, and LGBTQ+ folks.  She also has experience in a university LGBTQ+ center working with students, individually and in groups, around coming out, transitioning to college, and advocating for themselves in a variety of environments while maintaining personal safety. She always knew she wanted to work directly with children and young adults and her previous experiences opened the door to pursue a graduate degree. Kaitlin is an intern with Lifeologie as she works toward her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina State University.

Kaitlin has worked with people of all ages and is interested in working with adolescents, adults, and families. She helps her clients discover healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their interpersonal relationships. Kaitlin is particularly interested in working with teens, young adults, and LGBTQ+ individuals. She has previous internship experience in a community agency where she worked with clients around self-image,  depression, anxiety, career/academic stress, life transitions, relationship issues, substance use, and grief. She uses a Cognitive-Behavioral framework and a strength-based approach to inform her practice. 

She believes that the therapeutic relationship is a partnership and that her role is to get a better understanding of how you approach life and how that approach either helps or hinders what you hope to achieve.  From working with clients she believes that all behaviors, thoughts, and feelings are rational given the client’s personal life experiences. Challenges in relationships and well-being are often developed when previously effective behaviors are no longer helpful in a new environment or under a new set of experiences. It can feel so difficult to take that first step and reach out for help and we will look at what troubles you and how we might work together.

During her free time, Kaitlin enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with friends. She is often taking care of her houseplants or binge-watching a new TV series. She also loves to travel and has been to 35 states and 4 countries and hopes to continue to experience new places and cultures.

 

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