Katie Miller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mary Washington in Sociology with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Katie has received specialized training in Sand Therapy, Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy, and Animal Assisted Therapy. She uses techniques from these trainings in her work with children, adolescents, and families with varying social/emotional challenges, including mild psychosis, issues related to Autism Spectrum Disorders, trauma, anger management, anxiety, depression, and difficult behaviors.
Katie’s therapy is assisted by her service dog, Ryder, a trained Facility Dog through Canine Companions for Independence. Ryder compliments Katie’s services by offering an alternative way to connect with clients as well as to regulate children’s emotions when they are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed. Katie enjoys integrating her passion for children and animals and loves seeing the positive and therapeutic connections that are formed.
Katie has received several recent awards for her work with at-risk youth in the state of Virginia. In 2016, Katie was named Northern Virginian of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine. She was also named National Association of Private Special Education Center’s (NAPSEC) Related Services Provider of the Year in 2016 for her work with children and adolescents at Phillips School, Annandale.
Katie also has training and experience supporting young people and families around gender identity development. She utilizes the gender affirmative model of care to support gender expansive young people in living their authentic selves.