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Getting to Know Respark Therapist, Katie Green!

Katie Green is one of our Austin clinicians, and specializes in emotional and sexual satisfaction, men’s identity and sexuality issues, grief and loss, body image issues, gender identity issues, and queer and transgender individuals. Katie’s counseling style is compassionate, collaborative, curious and playful! She is sex-positive and has a particular gift at asking thought-provoking questions that help clients generate new insight into their experiences. 

Katie graduated from Texas State with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She’s always known she wanted to specialize in sexuality and relationships, and chose to do so for many reasons. Sex Therapy is a place where a lot of her core values intersect. Values like intimacy, vulnerability, identity and creativity. Katie explains that, “Sex can be about so much more than just pleasure or procreation. It’s often deeply personal, which is something that I don’t think gets acknowledged enough.” 

Katie works from the lens of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) when working with couples, because she thinks its a deeply compassionate way to understand ourselves and each other. When having her first session with clients, Katie hopes to establish a connection with her client, in order for them to feel safe with her to explore deeply personal matters. 

According to Katie Green, 2 ways clients can “Respark” their love life or their sex life is to first, break out of your routine and have new experiences together, inside and outside of the bedroom. Secondly, don’t assume you know your partner or partners as well as you think you do, even if you’ve been married for 50 years. Cultivate mystery as well as intimacy within your relationship. Stay curious! There is always something new to discover and be surprised by.

Katie explains that clients can maintain passion in their relationships and/or for their career by honoring and nurturing the space between you and your partner, not just the relationship itself. The space between you is what bridges your connection. Separating some parts of your lives sparks desire because it reminds us that we do not own our partner. They are separate from us, and in some ways, unknowable. 

Getting to Know Katie Green:

Before Katie dies, she wants to do a variety of things around the globe. Katie wants to explore and go camping in the White Sands National Park, which is also on the top of her list for her next dream vacation. Another important thing Katie wants to complete is to  serve as an End of Life Doula and be able to offer death care services to her community. Lastly, Katie is a fantastic two-step dancer. It is her dream one day to be a two-step dancer at the White House. 

When it comes to sexuality, Katie’s sexuality role model is unknown. What Katie does know, is that she’s doing what works for her. 

Books are majorly influential to Katie’s life. Two of Katie’s favorite books that have influenced her are Esther Perel’s book “Mating in Captivity” and “Hold me Tight” by Sue Johnson. “Mating in Captivity” is all about maintaining and rekindling desire in long-term relationships and it is a game-changer in Katie’s mind. Another book that influenced her is “Hold Me Tight” by Sue Johnson. It is an Emotionally Focused Therapy self-help book written for partners, and is a very eye-opening, compassionate read that tends to generate a lot of new insight when she recommends it to clients. 

Not only are books influential to Katie’s life, but so are podcasts! A few of Katie’s favorite podcasts are Love + Radio and S-Town, Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin, The Heart, and Disability After Dark.  

Two of the most important things Katie does everyday are expressing love and care to her partner and her cat, and doing at least one unproductive thing purely for her pleasure a day. This is important to Katie, because she is always working on at least four or more projects in a day. Doing at least one unproductive thing allows her to reset. 

Katie’s favorite story to tell is a time she met her first adult partner who still remains one of her dearest friends. 

When advising someone who wants to become a couples and sex therapist, Katie says, “It’s never too early to start! Read books and listen to podcasts on sexuality, meet with local sex therapists to ask them about their jobs, and attend workshops through the Sexual Health Alliance.” 

Contact us to schedule an appointment 512-537-0922.

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