Master's Level Intern
Supervised by Amber Ambriz, LPC
Get to know Katy
Katy McDaniel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of North Texas, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health from The University of North Texas at Dallas. She specializes in anxiety, anxiety-related disorders, trauma, and issues frequently associated with these conditions, such as emotional regulation, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and depression.
Her therapeutic approach is grounded in the person-centered philosophy, creating a safe space for her clients to explore their emotions, experiences, and potential. She skillfully incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy into her practice, empowering clients with practical tools to navigate their thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Through her work, Katy meets her clients where they are, helping them find balance, hope, healing, and the ability to cope as they traverse their lives.
In 2015, Katy chose to step away from the corporate world and embrace a new role - a stay-at-home mom and caregiver for her terminally ill mother.. Through this experience, she honed her abilities in decision-making, collaboration, determination, and prioritization. Navigating complex schedules, ever-changing emotions, unforeseen hurdles, and offering unwavering care became her forte. This period, shaped by the early loss of her father, ignited a profound interest in mental health and its impact on individuals and families.
Katy possesses clinical expertise in providing comprehensive mental health care for adults and adolescents, encompassing major depressive disorder, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar I and II, schizophrenia, complex trauma, and various anxiety disorders while working at the largest mental health and developmental disabilities service provider in Dallas County. Her proficiency extends to involvement in programs where she adeptly employs evidence-based methodologies to address co-occurring psychiatric conditions and intricate trauma that may underlie substance use.
Finally, Katy would like to offer a few intriguing facts about herself. She enjoys making homemade cookies-and-cream ice cream, going to the movies, and walking around her neighborhood. She is a native of Dallas and a 9th-generation Texan. She has been married for 16 years and is the mother of two sons, aged 13 and 11, and a rescued Siberian Husky named Kodi.