Why did Sharon Kater become a therapist?

Sharon Kater, LCSW has always had a passion for helping. It is this passion that led her to a career as a special education teacher at a Montessori school. It is this same passion that drew her to want to help at a deeper level and make a greater impact on the lives she touched as a therapist. It is this same passion that has led her to a 20 year career helping others understand the strength they already have within them. She sees it as her work to give them the tools with which to access that strength.

Where did Sharon train to become a therapist?

Sharon has a Master of Social Work from George Williams College and a degree in Special education from Loyola University. Her love of teaching others shines through in her therapeutic style. Many wonderful teachers have influenced Sharon along her path. Sharon’s skill set is informed by the teachings of David Burns and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is a gold standard treatment for working with depression, anxiety and stress. Sharon has studied with the Himalayan Institute. There she was introduced to the benefits of meditation, breathing techniques and healthy eating habits.

Sharon combines her western and eastern informed styles to give each client a toolkit that is unique to each client’s needs and strengths.

Where has Sharon worked?

Sharon brings a wealth of experience to North Shore Family Wellness that is influenced by her work in many different environments. Sharon has worked at several Chicago area hospitals including NorthShore University Healthsystem’s Highland Park Hospital. She has also invested time working in community mental health. Sharon continues on as staff at Turning Point where she is a therapist for the Living Room—a walk-in crisis center.

Sharon has found that the best way to care for others is to help them to care for themselves. Sharon’s goal is for each client to develop knowledge and expertise in their own set of skills, strengths and techniques in order to help them feel prepared to face life’s challenges.
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