Welcome! I’m Kate Sutton: a counselor for women in Raleigh, NC.
By training, I am a licensed professional counselor and yoga teacher. You might also call me an anxiety warrior, heart healer, recovering perfectionist, and rad bodies rebel.
If you’re here, you’re probably looking for counseling services. On the outside, you might look like you’re keeping it all together. No one would know that you’re a bundle of nerves on the inside, constantly battling self-hatred, guilt, or obsessive thoughts and worries. Sometimes the worries are about nothing in particular…more like a cloud looming over most days. Other times, they might have to do with past trauma, an eating disorder, or wishing for a different body.
Does this sound like you? If so, I imagine you’re sick of feeling this way.
Asking for help is hard. I know because I’ve been in your seat, scouring the internet for a counselor because I want my life to feel different. I know from my own recovery and years as a professional counselor that you don’t have to be stuck in these problems forever.
Choosing counseling is a brave choice. I’ve found that my clients are ready to dig deep whether or not they’ve been in therapy before. Underneath the negative self-talk, they are smart, courageous, resilient, and ready to feel joy and connection. I provide guidance and encouragement so folks can stop drowning in fear and stop saying sorry for who they are.
As a rad bodies rebel, I believe that all bodies are good bodies regardless of size, color, shape, sexual orientation, gender identification, ability, status, or access. I will do my best to provide compassionate care that meets you and your body’s story where it is to help you find the healing you need. That said, I don’t prescribe diets and am firmly rooted in a Health at Every Size approach.
If you’re interested in learning more about my approach and hearing my voice, check out my episode on the We’re Not Weighting podcast. I share my views on diet culture, how to find body peace, and being true to yourself.
What about credentials?
I hold a dual master’s degree in counseling from UNC-Greensboro and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina. My counseling experience comes from working in K-12 schools, colleges, student leadership centers, and mental health agencies. My expertise is counseling children and adults dealing with grief, anxiety, and body image issues.
Beyond school, I have additional training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) which is useful for healing past trauma and anxiety. I also have extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and traumatic grief. My background in yoga comes in handy for folks wanting to address symptoms of body tension and dissatisfaction that often come with eating disorders and trauma.
Presenting and teaching are another aspect of my work. I have presented statewide on counseling and self-care practices. Most recently, I presented at the 2019 North Carolina Counselor’s Association conference about dismantling weight stigma and the 2018 Carolina House Eating Disorder Symposium on yoga for eating disorders.