She/Her/HersLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Kathleen Whalen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor located in Plainville, MA. Kathleen works with young adults and adults whose anxiety and depression negatively impact their overall well-being. They feel stuck in uncomfortable emotions, which can lead to low self-esteem and increased stress. Many of Kathleen’s clients have recently experienced a loss or a period of major change, which leads them to feeling overwhelmed by their emotions. They often worry about things outside of their control, or have heightened feelings of shame.
Kathleen empowers clients by helping them realize that they can make healthy changes in their lives. She supports clients as they explore their thought patterns and harmful behaviors, identifying the areas of their lives that could use adjustment and finding healthy ways to create lasting change. Clients benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, with Kathleen’s encouragement to look ahead towards the good things in life.
Kathleen practices client-centered therapy, which means that her ultimate goal is to help clients reach their goals. She often checks in with clients to ensure that they feel like they’re on the right track, and provides an empathetic space to openly talk about what’s on their minds.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse