Summer Katz, LMHC
About Summer Katz
When I think about what drew me to counseling, I certainly recollect my own life experiences. I have been impacted by some very significant trials as well as moments of great triumph. I would define myself as an optimistic realist, as I try to approach life with a true sense of hope. I have a hope for believing that there just may be an opportunity for things to ultimately turn out well, while at the same time realizing that there is often a challenge in getting to the outcome. Even as I share my definition of hope and a possibility greater than our flawed circumstances, I can appreciate how so much of life may not seem quite that meaningful “in the moment.”
I believe that we all are shaped by our internal experiences, as well as those that surround us. With that, I find myself taking advantage of the gift to utilize empathy and compassion with my clients. I recognize that we all have our own struggles, and I am genuinely humbled by the opportunity to share in your journey, as I truly respect that your experiences are honestly yours. Our potential therapeutic relationship shall never be one of comparison nor judgment, but one built from compassion and hope. As we work together, my aim is to empower you to find the strength you need to pursue your identified goals, because I understand that it does take courage for you to ask for help along the way, certainly as you take the step to commit to a counseling relationship.
Occasionally, we may find ourselves merely going through the motions of life, and we may forget to give ourselves credit for the efforts that we do make. Maybe we shall start by giving ourselves permission to be human. Then, when we’re ready, we can welcome moments of personal celebration, acknowledging those times when we did give “that something” a try. Saying all of this (which could be easily defined by the concept of “the little engine that could”), I do know how finding the motivation to give it all a shot is a lot easier said than done. So, if you are feeling anxious or depressed and you find yourself struggling to overcome that unwanted response of panic or sadness, I encourage you to pick up the phone to find out how establishing a counseling relationship just may benefit this season in your life.
I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida, and I have been providing professional counseling services since early 2005. My wide range of counseling experience is derived from working for organizations such as a community counseling clinic, a residential rehabilitation facility, as well as other medical organizations. I have also provided counseling services in the home setting and in private practice. I engage with all of my clients with an open-ended approach to the therapeutic relationship, sharing an emphasis for acknowledging each client’s individualized needs. I work with people at a variety of developmental stages, and my client population includes school-age children, adolescents, and adults. In the words of a well-respected mentor and colleague, I will make every effort to meet you where you are, so that we may find the best path within your counseling journey – together. Consider this, if ‘‘life is like a mirror,’’ what is the emotional reflection that you would like to see? I would be honored to help you uncover that image.
If you would like to contact me to set up an appointment, please feel free to call me directly at 407-733-2110.
SpecialtiesAnxiety, Coping With Medical Issues, Depression
Age Group FocusAdolescents, Adults, Seniors
Treatment ApproachesCoaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused, Existential, Expressive Arts, Family / Marital, Humanistic, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Person-Centered Therapy
IssuesAnxiety, Caregiver Stress, Chronic Pain, Coping Skills, Coping With Medical Issues, Depression, End of Life Issues, Family Conflict, Goal Setting, Grief, Introversion, Life Coaching, Marital / Premarital, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sex Drive - Low, Sleep or Insomnia, Trauma / PTSD, Women’s Issues