About Me

Katherine Ross, Ph.D.
My Therapy Style

My treatment approach is integrative, drawing from interpersonal/psychodynamic, ACT, CBT and other evidence-based approaches. With my expertise as a guide, we will collaborate to choose the approach(es) that work best for you and your unique needs.

 

I place a strong value on the therapist-client relationship, as it can be a powerful vehicle for self-understanding, growth and change. I provide a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental space for clients to explore themselves, gain insight, and ultimately make positive changes in their lives.

Education and Training

I hold a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland - College Park as well as a Master's degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University.  I completed my doctoral internship/residency at the Catholic University of America. I also completed a number of externships, including at the University of Maryland and the United States Naval Academy. ​

I am currently practicing as a Licensed Psychologist in Washington, D.C. (License #PSY1001544).

I am also licensed to practice as a Psychologist and Health Service Provider in North Carolina

(License #5548). 

Professional Background

In addition to my experience as a therapist, I have professional experience as an educator, higher education administrator, career counselor, and academic advisor. My training in these additional areas allow me to wear a variety of hats in the therapy room, resulting in richer and more productive work with my clients. 

Career and Academic Counseling

I was first trained as a career counselor at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where I developed an interest in helping others understand themselves and perform their best in order to successfully navigate life's transitions. Over the past seven years, I have provided a variety of career counseling services (e.g. career assessments, resume/cover letter assistance, insight-oriented career counseling) to university students and recent graduates. 

Prior to earning my doctoral degree, I owned and operated a small academic and career coaching business in the DC area for five years. As an academic coach, I focused on providing undergraduate and graduate students with time management and study skills to help them succeed in school and in the workplace. 

Advising Individuals with Disabilities 

I began my career in higher education as a disability support and academic support provider for students at Georgetown University. I worked with high-achieving students to remove barriers to success inside and outside of the classroom. This work sparked my passion for working at the intersection between physical health and mental health.

Teaching

I have taught and developed curricula for university courses on a variety of topics, including Social Justice and Diversity in the United States, Basic Counseling Skills and Adjustment to College. 

 

Research

Common across my research experiences is an interest in how people communicate about sensitive, difficult, or taboo topics. My Doctoral dissertation focused on the experience of pregnancy in the workplace. My Master's thesis focused on romantic and sexual relationships among college students. I have also co-authored research on psychotherapy supervision, process and outcome.