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Dr. Kate Stark, PhD

Clinical Director

Licensed Psychologist

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

*not accepting new clients*

I have a dedication to normalizing and increasing understanding of mental health and neurodiversity through psychological evaluations and counseling. When providing therapy, I strive to help clients set relevant goals, identify strengths and values, increase positive coping and communication skills, improve relationships, and increase self-compassion. I also value the use of humor, creativity, and games in therapy. I most often utilize acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and exposure with response prevention.

Over time, I have developed a niche in working with anxiety (including social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, OCD, and generalized anxiety), ADHD, and autism (including nuances of the presentation of ADHD/autism in females). However, I also consider myself a generalist for a wide range of concerns affecting mood, behavior, and development. I also have training and experience in evaluations for dyslexia and other learning disabilities. When providing psychological or psychoeducational evaluations, I focus on meaningful and tailored recommendations for home and school.

 

Training Background: I obtained my B.S. from Texas A&M University in College Station, followed by a M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin (school psychology with emphasis in child clinical psychology, family therapy, and neuropsychological assessment). I completed my predoctoral internship at Lewisville ISD and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado in the Neuropsychiatric Special Care unit. I have 17 years combined training and work experience in the fields of education and mental health and have been a licensed psychologist and school psychologist in Colorado and Texas. I have worked in various settings including hospital, school districts, community mental health, private practice, and as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University.  

Dr. Stark is a native Texan. She enjoys music, dogs, and being outside. She is a mom to a daughter, a son, and two dogs. 

Children's Books:

Enjoy the Ride: A Book to Help Understand and Cope with Emotions

 

Publications:

Brief Report: Understanding Crisis Behaviors in Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder—Iceberg Assessment Interview (Stark, Barnes, Young, Gabriels)

Bridging systemic research and practice: Evidence-based case study methods in couple and family psychology (Carlson, Ross, Stark)

BCBS, Aetna, UHC, Optum, UMR, Out-of-Network

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