Dallas Therapy Collective
Kathryn Keller, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, LPC-S, EMDR-Certified
Psychotherapy with adults
$195/50-minute session, BCBS PPO, Out of Network Provider, Clinical consultations & trainings offered (contact for pricing)
Does this sound like you?
You’re tired of avoiding people. You feel alone, afraid of being hurt again, and ashamed of what you’ve been through. You’re starting to realize your old ways of coping just are not longer cutting it…and may even be making things worse.
You grab your coffee and drive to work, focusing on the day ahead. You show up to your meetings, flash an empty smile, and meet your deadlines. You’re living your life, but people don’t really know what you’ve been through. Nobody notices that you’re barely holding it together. In fact, they praise you for your performance and you accept, telling yourself, “If I can fool them, maybe I can fool myself.”
But…when your mind wanders freely and you let yourself think about it, you can’t shake the thoughts: “No, that didn’t happen. It wasn’t that bad. You’re being dramatic.” And yet somewhere inside you know the truth; you just don’t dare to acknowledge it. You tell yourself, “If I ignore it, maybe it’ll go away.” But it hasn’t gone away.
When the thoughts weasel their way back to your consciousness, you numb out. It could be alcohol, relationships, work, school, anything not to have to feel. Feelings have become your phobia.
And speaking of fear – you hate not knowing who to trust. People are scary. You wonder if there’s anyone out there who won’t hurt you. In fact, you’re not even sure if you can trust yourself to have healthy relationships or make good choices. So you’ve become an expert on maintaining status quo – don’t make waves – don’t feel – don’t trust – hide.
Hiding has worked for a while, but somehow something is nagging at you to get help. Perhaps you’ve been considering therapy and keep putting it off because you don’t want to become overwhelmed by your own emotions. You’re not sure you want to face the reality of your story to yourself, let alone with another person. After all, who can you trust?
It’s tempting to live in hiding from our pain…and yet here you are considering that maybe life could be different.
CAN THERAPY HELP?
It’s vulnerable to let ourselves imagine that life could be better when we’ve been plagued with pain.
Hope means letting yourself be seen. Some of us are too scared to let ourselves be seen…even by ourselves.
If you will dare to show up and allow yourself to learn to lower your walls of defenses and avoidance, I bet you’ll be surprised by what you find. I’m convinced you have more strength and resilience than you’ve let yourself see. My job is to help you discover what’s behind those walls.
As clients have learned to find their own voices, I have seen lives reclaimed and narratives shifted from hopelessness and fear to empowerment and freedom.
Therapy isn’t easy, but it’s transformative.
How I can help…
My goal is to get to know you and to understand your world as much as I can. I want to understand how your cultural identities, parts of your personality, and any symptoms you might be having play their roles in your bigger story. I hope we can develop a trusting relationship together where you can dare to be your authentic self. I will help you become aware of your feelings, thoughts, and the signals your body gives you as you become acquainted with yourself in a new way. As you learn to become safe within yourself, you may start to trust yourself. This trust in yourself will help you to navigate your world, discern who is trustworthy, and guide how you make decisions.
Through this process, you’ll learn practical strategies for self-care, including setting boundaries and doing things that nurture you rather than deplete you.
I work best with clients who are willing to explore their stories, feelings, and experiences in a collaborative way. Let’s figure this out together.
I value openness in our relationship and will gently challenge you to help you gain perspective as I hope you will correct or challenge me if I misunderstand or misperceive you. Through this openness in our own relationship, I believe there will be healing. Healing comes through relationships.
In our time together, I will invite both of us to honor your pain together as well as to laugh together when we hit up against the inevitable bumps of our own humanity. I want to celebrate your victories with you as you find your voice and your freedom. Therapy is about life and life includes the spectrum of emotions.
When I’m not at work…
I can be found trekking around White Rock lake, taking copious amounts of photos of my toddler and baby, or falling asleep on the couch way too early (snuggled up with my dogs to the tune of true crime documentaries playing in the background).
Article & Webinar Appearances
Kathryn Keller is an Unorthodox Pioneer In Religious Trauma Therapy (Dallas Observer)
Therapist Guides Clients through Loneliness, Trauma Created by Spiritual Abuse (Baptist News Global)
90-min Webinar on Spiritual Abuse with the International Cultic Studies Association
Webinar Panel: Mental Health During the Pandemic with Therapists, Clergy, and Chaplains’ Perspectives
Can Religion Give you PTSD? (The New Republic)
Spoken Through: Dr. Kathryn Keller on Spiritual Abuse (Podcast episode)
The Drama Triangle and the Power and Control Wheel Walk Into a Church
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology – Texas Woman’s University (2016)
- Master’s in Mental Health Counseling – University of Virginia (2008)
- Bachelor of Business Administration – Baylor University (2003)
- Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor #69060 (Texas)
- Licensed Psychologist – #37771 (Texas)
- EMDR Certified
My Full Specialties Include:
- Spiritual/religious abuse/trauma
- Childhood trauma
- Marginalization due to cultural identities
- Identity exploration
- LGBTQ+ identity
- Existential concerns
- Life transitions (career, family, etc.)
- Spiritual/religious identity/concerns
- EMDR therapy (link)
- I love working with mental health professionals and those in training