Kate Graham, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Certified Grief Informeed Professional
Ph: (443) 589-5219
Kate Graham is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Maryland.
She is also a Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGIP) in order to better assist
clients struggling with grief and loss. She has experience working with children and
adults in the behavioral health care setting and in both individual and group
counseling. Her experience in behavioral health started when she was employed as a
direct practice mental health worker at a residential facility for adults with serious
mental illness and co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. While being
employed in community mental health, Ms. Graham attained a bachelor’s in social
work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). For her
undergraduate field placement, she interned at an elementary school, where she
provided social work services to children through short-term individual and group
counseling. At this internship, Ms. Graham gained experience working with family
systems, children’s mental health, and youth with different abilities.
In 2021, Ms. Graham relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend Case Western Reserve
University for graduate school, where she took a range of social work courses in areas
including mental health, family systems, trauma-informed care with children and
families, group therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing.
While working toward her master’s degree, Ms. Graham interned at a hospital system,
where she worked collaboratively with adults with substance use disorders and mental
health diagnoses. She gained additional experience providing individual and group
psychotherapy to adults with co-occurring disorders and histories of complex trauma.
As a social worker, Ms. Graham’s therapeutic style involves working collaboratively
with clients to attain their self-defined treatment goals, emphasizing clients’ internal
and external strengths when problem solving, respecting the autonomy and self-
determination of clients, and creating a strong therapeutic alliance based on mutual
respect and trust. Ms. Graham utilizes tenets from a handful of theoretical
frameworks, including trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy (TI-CBT),
cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and narrative
exposure therapy (NET). Alongside these evidence-based frameworks, Ms. Graham
communicates with clients using motivational interviewing, which respects clients’
personal motivations to change and involves partnership, acceptance, compassion, and
evocation. She also uses a strengths perspective, which focuses on a client’s strengths
rather than problems and harnesses these strengths to help a client achieve their goals.
Ms. Graham provides individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults
experiencing mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression, serious mental
illness, addiction, a history of trauma, stressful life transitions, relationship issues,
grief and loss, illness, problems at school or work, and issues related to confidence
and self-esteem. She also provides couples and family therapy.