Introducing Katie!

We are so excited to introduce Katie Cortez as the newest member of the IOME team! Katie has made a wonderful addition to our team in the last few months and we are thrilled to have her share a little bit about herself to our IOME Community. Read more about her background, values, and goals as a counselor below!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am from good, ol’ Sterling, Colorado! Although I did bounce around a lot starting in 5th grade due to my dad’s job. I lived in two different towns in Southern Utah for awhile and then moved back to Colorado (Fort Collins) my sophomore year of high school. Therefore, I can empathize greatly with children who have endured a lot of transition… It’s not always fun being the “new kid” but you do learn a great deal about yourself and others!

I am the mother of two beautiful daughters ages 5 months and 4, and step-mother of a handsome eleven year old! Oh, and did I mention, I have the most handsome and intelligent husband who I have had the privilege of being married to for three years! We currently reside in Loveland, CO where we enjoy eating at all the local restaurants, outdoor activities, such as pickleball, hiking and, of course, park time for the little ones, and having frequent get-togethers with family and friends.

Why did you become a mental health therapist?

Despite growing up in a wonderful home, with wonderful parents, I did not quite learn how to express myself emotionally. I was very reserved and shy and oftentimes kept my emotions to myself. Between societal and peer pressure, at the age of 14, I began to participate in various activities that brought me tremendous shame. Rather than dealing with that shame in a healthy and appropriate way, I became entrapped in binge/purging, which ultimately perpetuated the shame cycle. I felt completely out of control and after 5-6 years of being at the mercy of my eating disorder, I decided to seek help at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center where I received individual and group therapy. It is there where I learned how to “tell my story” by being vulnerable with my difficult emotions, compassionate towards myself and receptive of the incredible, nonjudgmental support given that allowed me to disrupt that awful cycle of shame. I can now gladly say that I have been free of any disordered eating for over 10 years! It was also through that process that I discovered my purpose, which just so happens to be counseling. :)

Why did you decide to work for IOME?

IOME embodies the beliefs, values and style of counseling that I align with as a Mental Health Therapist. I first heard of IOME several years ago and thought “Wow, IOME is onto something special.” Their mission to provide the community with accessible mental health care through ongoing psychoeducation, self-care support and resources, and individualized therapy is life-changing! I am honored to be able to work alongside Becky and the IOME team who truly encompass what it means to practice guilt-free self-care and in turn are engaged and energized in both their professional and personal lives. Who wouldn’t want to work for such a company!

Why do you believe self care is nonnegotiable?

Taking time to engage in self-care really is one of the best ways we can love ourselves. It is how we refresh and recharge so that we can ultimately feel and do our best in all aspects of life. The reason it is nonnegotiable is because we are much more at risk for burnout and worsening mental health symptoms if we neglect self-care. Self-care builds resiliency and is a simple, yet effective prevention tool!

How do you incorporate guilt free self care into your daily routine?

Self-care in my daily routine looks like all kinds of things! A bold cup of coffee in the morning that I drink in bed before I do anything else, reading my bible and spending time in prayer with God, intentional coffee dates with girlfriends, shamelessly watching one of my favorite shows to distract from a long day, journaling my thoughts and feelings, eating healthy foods, but also mindfully enjoying a yummy dessert. That’s just to name a few!

Who is your ideal client? Who do you love working with the most?

I love working with women who are seeking to discover themselves, who are willing and ready to dive into the deep crevices of their heart and soul in order to heal and to grow into the woman they want and deserve to be!

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about starting therapy?

It is worth it! Therapy is one of the best ways you can invest in yourself! If you’re in need of support or struggling with something that you aren’t finding support with outside of therapy, then take that leap of faith and get started as soon as possible. You owe it to yourself!

Want to schedule a free consult with Katie? Click HERE!

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