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Katelyn Aguiar has a passion for working with children and families. This year, she will provide school-based therapy at St. Anne, St. Joseph, and Christ the King Catholic schools in Wichita. She will also provide counseling through Cana Counseling, a ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
Aguiar, a licensed masters level psychologist, said she enjoys meeting others where they are in life and helping them learn more about who God has created them to be. She earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Emporia State University in May 2017. Through her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she completed two internships and has public mental health experience working in public schools, jails, and parochial schools.
During her internship in community mental health she learned how mental health providers network to provide treatment. It also provided her with exposure to working with clients in a variety of settings, from rural areas to jails.
“That experience impacted my ability to be adaptable in my treatment approach when working with individual clients,” said Aguiar. “Now I enjoy the ability to incorporate faith with flexible treatment, tailored to each client.”
She said the most rewarding aspect of her job is watching the therapy process unfold for clients. Aguiar also enjoys being able to collaborate with school staff and families to provide support for children.
“My favorite moments are those when clients realize that the tools in therapy only help to empower them to make changes they have held in themselves all along.”
Aguiar is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Wichita.