North Aurora Campus
Katy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been a member of the Riverview team since February 2020. She
holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Aurora University. She was previously employed in a foster care setting working as a caseworker and a supervisor. She also has experience working in foster care settings and working with families that have been adopted through foster care, international adoption and domestic adoptions, serving children and their families from 5 years old to 17 years old.
Much of Katy’s career has focused on working with young children and their families. She routinely works with
children as young as preschool through early adulthood. Katy utilizes a play-based approach which young children
naturally respond through the use of games. Visual supports and movement-based play and therapeutic games are incorporated into every session. Working with the family as a whole and offering ongoing parenting and behavioral support are also ways that Katy likes to work to support children and families. She has extensive training working with children that have experienced trauma and attachment based approaches.
In addition to working with children, Katy provides parenting education and education to other professional and parents on how trauma and attachment play into day to day behaviors of children and their families. Katy has worked at Aurora University as an adjunct professor educating future social workers.
Special areas of interest include young children with emotional or behavioral issues, parenting support and training, and anxiety disorders, adoption related issues and children who have experienced trauma.
On a personal note, in her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, interior home decorating, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.