Katherine Ziff, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor, OH #C-0600008

I provide counseling services for children, teens and young adults. In order to help you decide whether I may be of service to you or your child, I am sharing here basic information about my practice and myself.

My person-centered approach incorporates the use of metaphor and narrative, including sandtray therapy where appropriate. Where suitable, I bring cognitive behavioral strategies into my practice. It is my practice to identify and work from strengths as well as to address challenges.

I earned a Ph.D. in 2004 from Ohio University’s Counseling program, where I studied wellness, the integration of visual art with counseling, and community mental health. I obtained the M.A. Ed. in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 1993, where I trained in clinical counseling (college student development specialty) as well as school counseling.

First licensed as a clinical counselor and a school counselor in 1993 in North Carolina, I practiced there as a school counselor for grades PK-12 1993 – 1998. In 2006 I became an Ohio-licensed clinical counselor and practiced as a school counselor in the Athens City Schools (PK-8) for six years, after spending two years as the school district’s Safe, Drug Free Schools Coordinator. I practice part time at Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services center, where I provide counseling services to undergraduate and graduate students.

I have been trained in wellness models and practices, including meditation and relaxation/mindfulness; creative (visual arts based) counseling; and I have worked with children, teens, and young adults with issues of family transition and other life challenges, grief and loss, abuse, bullying, anxiety, depression, and sexual assault. As an exhibiting artist, I continue to explore ways to incorporate art making into counseling practice.

My counseling work is a collaborative and supportive undertaking that, in the instance of children and teens, includes parents in the process. When we begin, we discuss concerns and identify goals. We periodically review progress and treatment goals and methods. If you ever have any questions or concerns about our work, please don’t hesitate to voice them. I encourage you to raise questions as they arise and provide your thoughts about the efficacy of interventions.