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anna catherine kill

M.A.- Level Intern

Anna Catherine Kill, Cornerstone Christian Counseling intern to offer affordable Christian counseling
This clinician accepts a limited number
of Medicaid clients per year

Specialties

  • mind/body/spirit approach
  • interpersonal and romantic relationships
  • purpose, identity, and character development
  • young adult issues
  • anxiety/depression
  • holistic wellness and mindfulness
  • family dynamics
  • life transitions
  • vocational change
  • creative expression and exploration
  • play therapy

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Client focus

Age

  • toddlers/preschoolers
  • children
  • preteens/tweens
  • teenagers 
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals 
  • couples
  • family

“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

We, as human beings with emotions and beating hearts, are wired for connection. I believe that the special connection formed between clients and therapists in counseling brings new life and emotional freedom through each person’s unique healing journey. Counseling is meeting you exactly where you are, walking with you through the storm, and paving your pathway to healing through a multi-faceted lens that appreciates your unique personality, culture, and history.

A firm belief in the interrelation between psychological, physical, and spiritual health inspires my counseling philosophy. This mind-body-spirit approach holds that each domain is intertwined, and growth in one area leads to growth in another. Conversely, when we struggle in one domain, the others also suffer. Providing empathy and holding gratitude for these changes is central to progressing in the course of therapy.

My personal mental health journey of overcoming family crisis and loss has solidified my commitment to treating everyone with empathy, grace, and respect in the counseling space. As He has called me to the vocation of counseling, I am thankful to live out my passion of guiding individuals like you down the pathway to healing as you overcome psychological pain, traumatic experiences, and harmful relationships.

What to Expect in Therapy

Beginning therapy can be overwhelming, confusing, and a little scary. No matter your goals, growth path, and pace – at all times in therapy, you are right where you need to be. I am here to support and encourage you each step of the way.

Therapy is intended to mend brokenness by fostering a safe space through an accepting, empathetic, and adaptive counseling relationship. Counseling sessions will catalyze your goals into personal and/or spiritual growth. Therapeutic experiences can include self-discovery through talking, expressing feelings through creativity, movement, tears, or playing, and sometimes sitting with emotions in silence – which is just as meaningful.

It can be difficult or uncomfortable to access and express emotions that you have carried alone for so long, but these therapeutic experiences often signal healing. It takes significant strength to brave this journey – even to take the first step to read this bio as you look for the right counselor. Regardless of what your healing path looks like, I want to cheer you on until the finish line. Empowerment to you and your unique journey is my ultimate goal.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

My mission in counseling to bring purposeful and abundant lives to people from all walks of life is driven by mirroring God’s desire for personal growth and healing. As someone who has entrusted my mental health journey with Christ since early childhood – from being raised by a single mother in the South, to a father battling addiction and trauma, to the confusing tragedy of losing him – I strive to live by His intentions for us to love all people, and extend grace and support to each other through the peaks and valleys of life, in the counseling space and beyond.

I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee, and have experience in service, sales, and consulting. However, I quickly learned that my love for people and interpersonal interaction would be much better suited in a helping industry, specifically counseling, because of the direct impact I could have on people’s lives.

Pursuing my Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Concordia University Irvine has strengthened my philosophy through a holistic, multidimensional approach to healing. I have learned a unique outlook on personhood, including how our character affects who we are. This includes how we navigate ups and downs of life, how our attachment behavior plays into our relationships, how we interact with authority and the broader community, and how we chase our passions and purpose. Our childhood, environment, genetics, hobbies, vocational choices, and relationship history all play into who we are as people. I approach each new relationship with this in mind, as we have all been beautifully created with a niche set of gifts, passions, and life goals.

My experience with children has also taught me many things. First, a warm presence is key to healthy attachment development. Hugging, laughing, and listening are crucial elements to a child’s growth. I have witnessed the tremendous power of both patience and – simply put – letting kids be kids! One of the best things I can do for children is empower their developing minds by crafting a nurturing and playful space where they can grow into healthy individuals and exercise authority over their unique developing personalities. As children grow into adulthood, this idea remains roughly the same. We are constantly on a journey of growth that requires support through comfort, challenge, and fun!

Personal Interests

Aside from being a people person, I constantly chase my passions for adventure, music, and the outdoors. My mind, body, and soul are fullest when I am camping, hiking, running, snowboarding, playing guitar, attending concerts, traveling, or spending time with friends and family. I believe our greatest gifts are the novelty of adventure, world of nature, creativity through art and music, and diversity of relationships. My boyfriend, Luke, and I met at Red Rocks and share many of these hobbies as we navigate our twenties together, feeling excited for all that life has to offer us.

What better place to be alive than Denver, Colorado! I reside in the beautiful, historic, and lively neighborhood of Cheesman Park, where you can usually find me studying at a coffee shop, running in the park at sunset, or biking with friends. With roots in Tennessee, I cherish trips home and the blessing of keeping in touch with such wonderful family members and old friends.

I, and my team at Cornerstone Christian Counseling, hope to accompany you on your unique healing journey as we empower you to call upon your passions, strengths, and goals for your new life of emotional freedom.

 

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” –Forrest Gump

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