My name is Katie Distelrath and I live in Southern California with my beautiful wife Chelsea. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne. I have worked with clients since 2011 and I truly believe it is a privilege to walk with people through their journey of self-discovery.
As a young child, I was very sure about two things: love is love and God loves all children. Up until the age of 25, I thought I was a straight woman who was an advocate for the LGBTQI+ community. I grew up in an accepting and affirming household, but I never questioned my sexuality; I never took pause to understand why I felt so passionately about gay rights and why I was never really attracted to the guys I dated. During high school and college I had serious boyfriends who were sure we would one day be married but the thought of marrying one of the amazing men I dated, terrified me. It felt foreign, scary, and wrong. In my mid 20s I met a man with whom I was sure I could spend forever with. We were engaged, I was in grad school and everything seemed to be falling into place until I met and fell in love with a woman. It was a feeling I had never fully experienced and something I was completely shocked by. Me? In love with a woman? How could that be?
I spent the next few years working through the pain and beauty of transforming into my authentic self. There were days when I was sure I couldn’t be gay; there were days when I was confident I could come out and here were days when I was scared of how this truth would change my life and I questioned if would I lose everything. I questioned if God would still love me. I also worried if living in this truth would mean losing my dreams of having a family. Although it was not always easy, coming out has been one of the greatest gifts and has led me to a fulfilled life and a better understanding of God’s love and grace.
Everyone has a story to tell. I would be honored to join you while assisting you in the development of the skills needed to live a happy and fulfilled life. The therapist/client relationship sets the stage for the work that will be done in the session. As a therapist, my goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental and comfortable environment where you can express yourself openly and honestly. I believe that we all have the ability to heal ourselves and with the use of interventions, focused on personal strengths, healing can take place. I am authentic, honest, and direct when working with clients.
It would be a privilege to come alongside you as you work through your beliefs about yourself, your sexuality and God.
My fee is $110 and I have a sliding scale.