Kathryn King

Kathryn King is a counselor, spiritual advisor and teacher who has been in private practice in the Vancouver WA area for over 30 years. She is a woman committed to her own growth and exudes humor, compassion and acceptance to those she works with. In addition to being trained as a Social Worker, she is an ordained Interfaith Minister.

She works extensively with the healing of shame in individual counseling and women’s circles and was trained by Seena Frost in the process of SoulCollage ®. Kathryn is committed to helping people navigate transitions and volunteers with the No One Dies Alone program in Vancouver, WA.

Little know facts about Kathryn King …

Kathryn, reportedly began her Social Work and Counseling career at age of 3. She would introduce herself as “Cocky Sampo” and invite you over to her house for a talk. Later, her service as a Rape Victim Advocate counselor led her to completing a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University in 1986. Over the years, Kathryn has worked with populations in hospitals, home health, hospice, adoptee mentoring programs, and community mental health. Continually growing, her spiritual beliefs led her to become an ordained Interfaith Minister. Today, she blends her spiritual beliefs and psychological truths in her counseling practice of individuals and couples. She serves as an active volunteer for “No One Dies Alone” in Clark County, WA. Kathryn also facilitates groups of women who want to deepen their understanding of themselves spiritually and psychologically.

Kathryn has two daughters, Jenna who lives in North Carolina, and Kristen who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a proud “Nana” of her 6 grandchildren which she thoroughly enjoys sharing photos and stories about each child. Recently, she traveled to Cape Town South Africa to teach art to children through her work with the Open Hands Community Project. She enjoyed serving as a tutor, nurturer and “Nana” to these children. Kathryn’s other travel adventures around the world have included a pilgrimage to Ireland, swimming with sea lions and manatees in Mexico, parasailing in Honduras and scuba diving in the Cayman Islands.

Kathryn loves animals. Together with her husband, David, they have two Australian Shepherds named Rosa and Simon. The dogs provide hours of entertainment as they herd each other, guests, and family members around the house and yard. While in South Africa, Kathryn got up close and personal with a variety of wild and majestic animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, ostriches and zebras.

Kathryn’s passion is to build bridges and community. She deeply believes that all beings are connected and she uses warmth and humor to connect and influence. In her classes and workshops, she will often use SoulCollage ® and other art processes to open up the creative process. She believes everyone is an artist in his/her own way. She is a big believer in the ability of people to grow through adversity and offers wisdom and hope to those who are willing to do the work of becoming who they came here to be.

Building Shame Resilience in Healthcare – Shame resilience is a relatively new concept in healthcare theories. Researcher Brene Brown has described shame as an “intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.” Since by nature we are all flawed human beings (and healthcareproviders!) at times we will all feel shame in our personal and professional lives. The problem with shame is that it causes us to doubt our own self-worth and we usually react by avoidance, withdrawing or lashing out at self/others. Learning to cope with our own shame helps us stay engaged in our lives in a healthy way and recognize ways we may be contributing to a shameful environment at home or in the workplace. This course will help you to understand the nature of shame on the personal and professional level and be able to identify individual triggers. Through a variety of activities, you will create tools to deal with shame. Most importantly we will create a safe environment in which we can explore this issue in an honest and meaningful way.