Kayann Foster, LMHCA
Kayann Foster’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
What does it mean to prioritize your mental health? I pose this question to help shed light on one of the most effective ways to handle life’s challenges. Although stigmatized, therapy provides so much more to individuals than one could imagine. Therapy allows you to step outside yourself and explore hidden aspects of who you are; it opens doors to unlimited possibilities, your ideal self. Therapy not only gives you the opportunity to assess life’s challenges, it also helps you challenge yourself by gradually stepping outside of your comfort zone to make progress. As a therapist I aim to provide a safe environment conducive to my clients growth. I want to be a guiding hand in times of need, someone who can be there empathetically, with non judgmental input. Someone geared towards your individual needs and success.
Choosing to attend therapy can be a conflicting and terrifying experience as it requires you to open up and understand various aspects of ourselves; your wants, desires, values, past experiences, trauma and so much more. The fear of the unknown is real and therapy allows you to traverse that journey with a facilitator, someone you can reach out to in a crisis.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, allowing my client to explore freely in a safe, non judgmental environment built on mutual trust and understanding. My job is to facilitate growth and development while utilizing evidence-based practices such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical behavioral therapy and trauma-informed care.
I earned my Masters degree from the University of South Florida majoring in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate in Washington State and a Substance Use Dependency Professional Trainee.
In my free time, I enjoy quality time with my pets, friends and family. I spend quite a bit of time reading novels and manga and immersing myself in my hobbies.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Relationship Issues
- Substance Use Issues
- Life Transitions/Challenges
- Addiction Issues
Q&A with Kayann
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I think it’s important to look at both issues. The immediate problem could be happening as a result of deeper issues. So it’s important to address the immediate issue while allowing exploration of deeper contributing factors.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
As a therapist my role in session is more collaborative and a facilitator for growth and development. I love for my clients to be able to take control of their lives while having someone there to guide them when needed.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I am empathetic, engaging, non-judgemental, authentic and passionate.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
My superpower would be Reactive Adaptation or Self Modification. Basically allows you to develop powers or abilities to deal with threats or different situations. Adaptations can be permanent or temporary depending on one’s control. I chose this because I strive to adapt in certain situations, being flexible with what comes my way and not losing myself in the process.
5.) What makes you laugh?
Lots of things, comedians like Gabriel Iglesias, comedy animes or just funny moments in a series. Even simple things such as the “my leg” reference from Spongebob.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?