Kathy Prial is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate and is supervised by Carolyn Maurer, Ph.D., LMFT-S. Kathy is also an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained Therapist.
Kathy specializes in individual adult, senior, and adolescent therapy, as well as couples therapy.
- Southern Methodist University, Masters of Science in Counseling
- Pace University, Masters of Science in Telecommunications
- St. John’s University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
Kathy’s formal education, professional experience, and experiential training in counseling have prepared her to counsel adults, seniors, couples, families, and adolescents in both individual and group settings. She has experience helping clients address issues with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, grief and loss, PTSD, trauma, substance use/abuse, and LGBT issues. She also specializes in helping clients through phase of life transitions, including leaving home for the first time, marriage, divorce, changes in employment, retirement, changes in health, and achieving personal and professional goals.
Kathy is a community advocate for CARE (Chemical Awareness Resource and Education) and provides substance abuse training to students and businesses. She served as a caseworker at LifeNet Behavioral Services helping Dallas’s indigent population and as a counselor serving LGBT clients at the Resource Center of Dallas. She volunteers at Journey of Hope as a grief therapist and at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center as a victim advocate. Kathy counseled teen moms at Alley’s House and provided individual and couples counseling to clients at Jewish Family Services. She also served as a board member for the Dallas Metro Counseling Association.
Kathy uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to counseling and personalizes her approach and the techniques used based on the client’s needs and goals. She also uses EMDR to help clients overcome past traumas that are holding them back from living a fulfilling life. She creates a safe and supportive environment where the client can express themselves and explore the changes they want to make in their life. Kathy depends on a collaborative client–therapist relationship in which she provides support, encouragement, and knowledge of counseling techniques to support the client’s goals, preferences, and values.