Katie Bounds, MSW, LCSW

Outpatient Psychotherapist in Downtown Raleigh

Katie (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker  (C015184) and an Outpatient Psychotherapist at Three Oaks Behavioral Health & Wellness in Downtown Raleigh. She is also a member of our Learning and Development Team serving as a project manager. Katie received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC and received her Master of Social Work degree from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in Chapel Hill, NC.

Katie has practiced social work in a variety of settings from inpatient mental health hospitals- where she co-facilitated group sessions- to outpatient primary care clinics- where she served as part of a population health team and care manager. She has also worked for nonprofits who serve immigrant and refugee populations in order to improve her cultural humility and to better inform her practice for working with people from cultural backgrounds different from her own.

She is trained in Trauma Informed Care, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and in Mindfulness Practices to help clients grow in their awareness and understanding of what their body & mind are experiencing and why. Katie also has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in combination with other evidence-based practices to provide the most holistic, person-centered approach to therapy.

Katie is a firm believer that people are the experts on their own life and on their mental health. She finds great value in being a listener and a learner to individuals so that as a team you can focus on your needs and what is important to you. Katie is passionate about providing people a safe space to be vulnerable while helping them learn how to use the tools in their tool belt to manage their lives how they see best fit. She recognizes that there are parts of life that can be controlled and some parts of life that are out of the hands of the people being impacted by it. She wants to empower individuals to learn what parts of their lives they can control and help them maneuver the parts they cannot by an increased awareness and understanding of their mind and body’s response to life’s challenges. Katie’s greatest value in her practice is her collaborative, therapeutic relationship with every client where she aims to ensure that people feel seen, heard, safe, and supported. Katie does not take for granted a person’s time and their willingness to share their story with her.

Katie is passionate about working with people who are experiencing issues with chronic pain or illness, trauma (including trauma related to church), grief, maintaining healthy relationships, support system development, life transitions, anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, and other mood disorders. She is LGBTQIA+ affirming and works with teens (high school age and up) and adults in one-on-one settings & in groups where people have the opportunity to learn and encourage others enduring similar life challenges.

Katie has been in North Carolina her entire life and was born a Tar Heel. In her free time, she can be found hiking at the nearest park, supporting local artists and musicians, attempting cross stitch or some new craft of sorts, listening to the most genre scattered Spotify playlist, or baking in her kitchen pretending she is the next contestant on the Great British Baking Show. She is a big fan of community & community building and often enjoys hosting dinner parties for any occasion and taking any opportunity to show off how cute her dog, Oogie, is.

Some fun facts about Katie that she enjoys using for icebreaker activities are that she has sang in Carnegie Hall with a choir (she claims to definitely not be a solo act) and that she has dabbled in the film industry working as a background actress in a tv show pilot called The Red Zone and in the movie Paper Towns (she’s in the prom scene).

Katie looks forward to meeting you and working with you soon!

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email | katie@threeoaksbehavioralhealth.com