Experience in Education Bolsters Family Counselor
Byline: Kim Mikus
Katherine Schnidt served as a high school, elementary, Montessori and religious education teacher prior to launching her own counseling practice.
Schnidt put all this experience together, went back to school to earn two master's degrees and started her own counseling practice in Arlington Heights. She now holds degrees in counseling and pastoral studies from Loyola University of Chicago.
The new business owner recently launched Refuge Community Counseling at 1040 S. Arlington Heights Road. She most recently worked at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.
Schnidt, who focuses on family therapy, says she is also a pastoral counselor qualified to work with clients who "have been injured and bruised by life." The counselor, who is nondenominational, said she is able to integrate religion into her work when her clients need assistance in this area.
The 54-year-old woman finds herself often helping clients with grief work after they have lost a parent or child. She also does grief support sessions at three local funeral homes.
Schnidt, a licensed professional counselor, also does individual, marital and family therapy. With her background in education, she also focuses on play therapy with children.
"A child won't talk to you unless you play with them," she said. Therefore, the educator has a closet filled with toys, books and doll houses.
A single parent, Schnidt often gives talks on parenting in Lutheran and Catholic churches. She currently has twins in college, a son at Illinois State University and a daughter at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. …