DBT Center Current Events
We are expanding
DBT Center welcomes our three student interns! Kathleen, Craig, and Aubrey will begin seeing clients in Fall 2019.
Kathleen I. Diaz, MA, TLMP
Kathleen is a student intern from the University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program. She also is a temporary Licensed Masters Level Psychologist in the state of Kansas. Kathleen has a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Prior to working at the DBT Center, Kathleen has worked at the Bert Nash CMHC, the KU Child and Family Services Clinic, and the University of Miami Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults while implementing behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and DBT skills and techniques. Her research and clinical interest focuses on the role that family and peers play in the onset, maintenance, and treatment of internalizing disorders in cross-cultural contexts.
Kathleen became passionate about DBT after working in various environments where youth struggled to remind themselves that life is worth living, Kathleen feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with youth and adults by teaching DBT skills to assist them with creating a life worth living. Kathleen’s favorite DBT skill is with distracting with ACCEPTS, which she implements to remind herself it is okay to take a brief break from the stressful situation before problem-solving. In her free time, Kathleen loves to snuggle with her dog and cat, read nonfiction books, sew, kickbox, bullet journal, and dance.
Craig is pursuing a masters degree in clinical psychology at Washburn University. His clinical interests include trauma treatment, depression, anxiety disorders, and addiction treatment. Craig’s favorite DBT skill is validating what a person is experiencing or what they have been through, as he feels this can be a powerful factor in the healing process, and it also opens the door to effectively communicate with others. In his free time, he enjoys riding four wheelers, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Aubrey is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology at Washburn Unversity, with a clinical emphasis on eating disorders. Her favorite DBT skill is checking the facts of emotional responses. She understands that emotions can be powerful and she can be quick to speak, so taking a step back to be mindful about her responses has been a helpful tool in many situations. Aubrey’s personal interests include putting together jigsaw puzzles and singing along to songs with her own lyrics.
We have also hired a part-time billing specialist, Cheri Gordon, to streamline our billing process. We are very thankful for her help!
Happy New Year!
We are now accepting clients with Aetna Medicaid and Sunflower Health Plan.
In other exciting news, Rachel Kostura Polk became clinically licensed in December! She is now accepting clients with Blue Cross & Blue Shield health insurance.
DBT Center open house!
We thoroughly enjoyed hosting our community and celebrating our dream come true at our Fall Open House. Thank you to all providers, potential clients, current clients, and friends who visited.
featured in Lawrence Journal-world
Mackenzie Clark, a reporter from the Lawrence Journal-World, visited us shortly after we opened and wrote a story on our private practice.
open for business
DBT Center of Lawrence opened in September 2018. We are very excited to serve the community!