Meet Dr. K
Dr. Kailey Spina Horan though she prefers to be called “Dr. K” is a licensed mental health counselor who received her PhD in mental health counseling from Pace University. Dr. K has counseled a broad spectrum of clients in various settings for more than seven years and provides individual and family sessions for children, teens, and young adults. She has facilitated dialectical behavioral therapy groups where she taught parents and teens mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation skills. She has also facilitated anger management groups for adults. She has certificates in both Mindfulness and Cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition to her work with individuals and families, Dr. K has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students adult and developmental psychopathology, approaches to trauma, ethical and legal issues, and counseling techniques as an adjunct faculty member at two universities in New York for more than seven years.
Her method is eclectic as she does not believe in the “one size fits all” approach to therapy. As such, she tailors each session to the individual needs of the client or family. Her main therapeutic modality is a results-oriented integration of both a strengths-based and a mindfully informed approach built upon a solid foundation of empathy, compassion and trust. Simply put, she does not view clients as a set of symptoms or diagnoses. Rather than focus solely on a client’s need for improvement, she believes it is also beneficial to utilize an individual’s unique strengths. In 2015, she began writing her dissertation which explored mindfulness and its effect on risky decision making in young adults. As she analyzed data, she found that indeed mindfulness was able to mitigate the detrimental effects of risky decision making for our youth. Shortly thereafter, she decided to take a yearlong course in mindfulness, psychotherapy and meditation to discover the benefits for herself as well as its clinical application. After earning her certificate, she is now able to teach clients across the lifespan about meditation and the long-lasting benefits of living in the present moment, devoid of judgement. She solely utilizes evidenced based practices that are supported and validated by scientific research including Cognitive behavioral therapy, Motivational interviewing, Dialectical Behavior therapy, Trauma-focused Cognitive behavioral therapy, Psychoeducation, Solution focused brief therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Training.
What is the meaning of True North?
I have often referenced life being like a map. Each of us are given the same one but with distinctly different paths with their own set of unique challenges. Often times when out of alignment with who we truly are, we experience fear, anxiety, depression, or general discontentment. This proverbial misalignment results in difficulty navigating or choosing a path that is best for our overall well-being. A therapist is like a compass, an advantageous and effective tool used to assist in finding the right course to chart. They do not dictate where one “should” go rather they educate an individual about where they are in relation to where they would ultimately like to be. True North is the figurative direction that will always lead you toward choices that help you live and reach your full potential.