Kathryn Black, PhD

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Psychotherapy Orientation


My practice rests in an understanding of authentic connection as the core of psychological wellbeing and in the understanding that psychological suffering results from being cut off from authentic connection.

The foundations of my practice are in psychodynamic theory and attachment theory.

Psychodynamic Theory
Psychodynamic theory leads clinicians to approach treatment and diagnosis thinking about internal unconscious conflict and assumptions about relationships learned in early childhood.

Attachment Theory
Attachment theory is one of the broadest, most profound, and most creative lines of research in contemporary psychology. Within the fields of social and emotional development, attachment theory is both highly visible and empirically grounded.

The attachment system in humans is thought to have a biological function to protect individuals, especially infants, from danger by maintaining proximity to caring others. We now know that the attachment system extends throughout life. We never out grow our need for connection, and when that need is fulfilled an individual is free to strive toward self actualization.

The adult intimate relationship provides an excellent opportunity for healing old attachment injuries and for satisfying the basic human desire for love and connection.

Services

Individuals

We all have a story of who we are and where we are in our lives. If you’re at a difficult juncture right now, it may be that something is challenging your concept of yourself and your ability to move forward into the future.

Integral to my aims and interests as a therapist is helping you understand your current narrative and, if necessary, helping you come to a new way of looking at your past, present, and future. This will allow you to participate in life and relationships in a way that is far more satisfying.


Couples
Underlying my work with couples is my understanding that we all want to be loved for who we are. Healthy and satisfying relationships meet these yearnings to be seen, understood, acknowledged, and valued for one’s self.

I work with you first to develop strategies for easing immediate conflicts, which might be about such issues as money, sex, communication, and/or children. I then help you repair ruptures in your relationship and forge new connections, new rituals of nurturing, and new positive interactions.


Parenting groups: Next FATHERS MATTER and MOTHERING groups to be scheduled. Each runs for 6 weeks.
GROUP for MOTHERS

This support and psychoeducation group follows the content of my Mothering Without a Map book and workshop. It is intended for women who were under-mothered, for whatever reason, and now seek to mother their own children in a new way.

The focus is on providing a place for participants to identify the kind of parenting they received, to understand themselves as women and mothers, and to strengthen the mothering map that suits them and their children. Each week includes reading and homework.

For more information please contact Kathryn at 720.352.8710 or kb@kathrynblack.com

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GROUP for FATHERS

FATHERS MATTER: Relationship-Focused Parenting for Men

Presented with Trevor Graham, Psy.D., this is a six-week support and psychoeducation group for men who want to improve parenting skills and to form positive, flexible, and secure relationships with their children


For dates or to schedule one-on-one class please contact Kathryn Black at kb@kathrynblack.com or 720-352-8710.

Through weekly small-group meetings, assigned reading, and homework exercises, participants will:

• Learn the basic principles of secure attachment

• Understand how their own life histories influence their parenting

• Learn self-regulation skills in the context of parenting

• Learn how to skillfully and empathically talk with their child

• Learn how to successfully repair parenting mistakes in the relationship

• Learn how to recognize what a child needs in the moment



Families
Family life in all its forms and stages can be challenging.

I work with you to find practical ways to cope with the immediate issues causing conflict and to allow each individual in your family to voice his or her concerns.

We then work toward repairing ruptures in the relationships and toward ensuring that the needs of each family member can be identified, honored, and addressed in ways appropriate to his or her age and stage of development.

One of my particular interests is helping men and women to become more effective parents and to gain more pleasure and satisfaction in all their family relationships.

Psychotherapy Services

Couples in conflict as well as those in committed relationships seeking to deepen their bonds; premarital counseling.
Therapeutic support groups for mothers and fathers wishing to build secure attachments with their children
Parent or parents and child or children; blended families; single parents.