Kate Graham, LMSW

Kate Graham, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Ph: (443) 589-5219

Graham PhotoKate Graham is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Maryland. 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 was also working toward attaining 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 their 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.