Navigating the Intersection of Work and Mental Health

Career & Anxiety Support for Professionals

Career + Anxiety Specialists

You’ve done therapy. You’ve hired consultants. This is different.

Do you wish your therapist REALLY understood your workplace? Have you ever wanted assurances that a consultant would follow a strict ethical code? We are licensed, board-certified clinicians with organizational experience.

Have you ever received advice that sounded great but simply wasn’t practical in your real life? We help you apply evidence-based therapeutic principles, supported by multiple well-designed research studies, in your everyday life. Context is everything.

Do you find the 50-minute therapy hour constricting when you’re working to make major life changes? We do too and so we meet you where you are, in our office, in your office, online, on the phone, and pretty much any other way we ethically can.

Have you received counsel in the past that feels too “woo” and wished for evidence-based solutions? We provide sound advice based on both clinical research and best practices/industry standards along with examples from our experience. We won’t be shy being directive (but we promise to be kind and therapeutic with our delivery).

If this approach speaks to you, let’s talk! I’m Katie.

Katie Playfair, LPC/LMHC

Katie Playfair, LPC/LMHC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (Oregon) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Washington). Previous to becoming a counselor, I was a management consultant to technology teams. Now I use both counseling and consulting skills to help individuals and organizations with career, work, and mental health challenges.

If you are experiencing some combination of work stress, anxiety, career challenges, or other distress, I would love to have the chance to help you as an individual!

If it’s your organization that could use some support, I have experience in improving work environments, employer-employee relationships, and identifying mutually beneficial solutions for workers and companies.

If you want to learn more about my professional history, visit my LinkedIn profile or you can ask me directly here. 

Theoretical Orientation

My practice is based on cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) theories and techniques. CBT is a behavioral treatment paradigm that focuses on helping clients change their behaviors first. Evidence shows that behavioral change can facilitate changes in thoughts and feelings. ACT is a nuanced paradigm that, from a client perspective, focuses on mindfulness and values. I teach clients techniques on being more present in the current moment to help them identify purpose and meaning in their life so they can more deliberately live the life they want to live. ACT and CBT are evidence-based and are well supported as approaches to anxiety and depression (and they just so happen to work for career counseling as well).