Welcome! I am glad you’re here.
In the years ahead of us, I expect we will look back and think of 2020 as the time the world began to fall apart so it could turn around. We need conversations, and courage, and new narratives to live by. For the past decade, through HeartStory Counseling, I’ve had the honor of sitting with people on the road to self-belonging, helping them to sort through their life stories, heal their wounds, and find the words to name the purposes they want to live by.
There are two significant changes to the way I’ve traditionally done psychotherapy:
First, due to Covid protocols and after much deliberation, HeartStory Counseling will be providing its services online for the foreseeable future. It’s been challenging to make this transition, but again and again I have been delighted to see that online therapy is STILL transformative and that I still get to do my very favorite thing, which is to have real conversations with people about stuff that matters.
The second change is even more exciting than the first. 🙂 While HeartStory Counselingn has always been about living with Passion and Purpose- I’ll be turning my attention in a big way to another “P” that’s vital to wellbeing; Pleasure!!!! Yes, HeartStory Counseling is focusing on Sex! (Stay tuned on my blog for more information about this.)
My clients taught me through their bravery and commitment to change of how important it is to use our voices to make change for good. For the past decade, after studying Women’s Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies, I’ve been working on a book called Sex and Sovereignty. More and more, I see that sovereignty for any one of us is not complete unless we do the work to see how sovereignty is the birthright of all humans. So, I believe the therapy that will prove useful to the future is a psychotherapy of liberation, social justice, feminism, pleasure activism, and environment loving promises made real.
HeartStory Counseling is gender inclusive and sex positive. I am a kink aware, poly friendly, cis gender female, heterosexual, LGBTQIA+ ally psychotherapist with the pronouns of she/her.
HeartStory Counseling is anti-racist. I am a white person settled on the stolen land of the Nisenan and Miwok peoples, and I am working to educate myself and my family about white supremacy and take actions to undo systemic racism. I am choosing to not be silent, and I sometimes get it wrong. It’s not your job to teach me, and I strive to be teachable.
A little bit about me:I am Katie Baptist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am a feminist, a writer, a mom, and of course, a psychotherapist! What I love best is to have real conversations with people about stuff that matters. I have found that everyone has a story with a uniqueness all its own, and the potential for transformation at its core. When we work together, I am committed to honoring your story, because when people dare to speak their truths and can be fully heard and compassionately witnessed, a wondrous journey of living with passion and purpose can begin.
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Frequently Asked Questions
View commonly asked questions related to therapy with HeartStory, and to psychotherapy in general. If the question on your heart isn’t listed here, please get in touch and ask it anyway!
Once we open to the possibility of growth and change, there’s no end to the resources and allies that we find! Here you will find some of my very favorite books, websites, and organizations. You’ll also find links to some general mental health resources.