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Blue Skies Counseling

Bismarck, ND

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Welcome to my practice, my name is Kait!

I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master's degree in Social Work. In addition, I received dual-bachelor degrees in Psychology and Social Behavioral Science with a minor in Addiction Studies from the University of Mary. I am originally from Bismarck, and I'm excited to fulfill my dream of providing counseling services in the community that I grew up in. As a native of the area, I have come to know the wrap-around services and resources available for the clients I serve.

I truly believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives. I see myself as a facilitator of conversations that lead my clients and their families to new perspectives.




Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.


Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties, including child maltreatment.

Play Therapy

Play therapy capitalizes on children's natural urge to play and learn.


This type of therapy makes use of their intuition to meet and respond to the developmental and mental health needs of the child. It is also used in cases where the client is too young or too affected by the trauma to discuss the situation or explain their behaviors.

Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

Eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy used to reduce symptoms related to depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, addictions and phobias, etc.  

The idea is to take a painful memory and to re-train the brain to process it with more peaceful and resolved feelings as opposed to painful or traumatic. 


“TraumaPlay™ is a flexibly sequential play therapy model for treating traumatized children”


 “TraumaPlay™ is informed by our current understandings of the neurobiology of play and the neurobiology of trauma, and is built on the power of one to heal the other.” 


Angie s.

“Her (Kait) empathy and warmth, as a therapist, helps kids feel comfortable to share what’s troubling them, and be open to finding solutions. As a mental health professional myself, I would never hesitate to refer a client to Kait, as I know they will be in good hands with her. ”

Luke M.


“Kaitlin has been nothing short of amazing. She is so easy to talk to and has helped me grow in ways I never thought possible. I really look forward to our sessions. She is authentic, reliable, and is so supportive. I feel so comfortable and confident and couldn’t be happier. She is empathetic and patient nature and always goes the extra mile to provide outstanding care.”

Michelle B.


“Kaitlin is one of the most genuine and professional counselors we have ever met. Not only does she have true passion for what she does but the confidence in her knowledge and skill is second to none. Our kids feel safe when they are with her and look forward to their next visit! Cannot recommend her enough!”

*Clients' names have been changed to protect their confidentiality


Mental Health News

Trauma & Play Therapy: Holding Hard Stories | Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPTS | TEDxNashville

Trauma & Play Therapy: Holding Hard Stories | Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPTS | TEDxNashville

How do children heal from trauma? Play therapy and trauma expert, Paris Goodyear-Brown, takes us on a journey through the stories of children from hard places, the neuroscience of play, and the importance of each of us in bearing witness to the hurt. Graphic images may evoke strong emotions but will reveal the amazing ability of children to tell us what happened and play their way to healing. Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, is a child trauma expert and a professional player with 23 years of experience in helping traumatized children and their families heal. She is the founder and Clinical Director of Nurture House, serves the Association for Play Therapy in several roles, is a sought-after international speaker and a prolific author. With specialties areas in sexual abuse, maltreatment, and attachment repair, her trauma model is best explained in her books "Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach," "Tackling Touchy Subjects," and her newest book "Taming the Trauma with Children and Families" (in press). Her hope for hurt children is best communicated in her children’s book A Safe Circle for Little U. Paris lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband and three children, and to balance the weight of holding the hard stories of those in her care she likes to drive her yellow jeep with the doors off whenever the weather allows. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
You are not your thoughts

You are not your thoughts

This video explains some of the things you can try when you feel overwhelmed by your thoughts. After the video, take a few moments to observe your thoughts with curiosity, paying attention to how each one makes you feel. Paying attention to your thoughts and sorting through them takes practice and patience. For more information, visit: Subscribe to the AboutKidsHealth YouTube channel: This video is provided for general information only. It does not replace a diagnosis or medical advice from a healthcare professional who has examined your child and understands their unique needs. Please speak with your doctor to check if the content is suitable for your situation. #MentalHealth #PositiveThinking #Mindfulness Follow us on: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: TRANSCRIPT Every day, we have thousands of thoughts, emotions, urges, memories and feelings. From the time we wake up in the morning, all throughout the day, to when we lay down to sleep at night. No matter who we are, we all have thoughts swirling around in our heads. We even think and feel in our dreams. Often, we don’t realize how many thoughts we are having, and we get lost in them. Sometimes, we’re not even aware that we’re thinking. We seem to be swimming in a sea of our own thoughts. When we are surrounded by our thoughts, it’s easy to get caught up in them and react automatically, sometimes in ways we don’t even mean to react. We might hold onto some thoughts, even when we don’t want to, and it can feel like our thoughts are overwhelming. But thoughts are not facts, and they are not always true, even if they seem to be. Next time you feel caught up in your thoughts, try paying attention to them with curiosity, and not judgment. It doesn’t matter if they are true or false, right or wrong; just notice them. How fast or slow are they? Are they are all very different from each other? Or perhaps you are having the same ones over and over again. Maybe they’re even focused on one theme. Some of these thoughts may be unwanted. But instead of reacting to them, notice what happens to your body sensations and your emotions when you have these thoughts. Perhaps you will notice if they are bringing you closer to or further away from what is important to you or the goals you have for yourself. Observing your thoughts is a skill that takes practice, like playing an instrument. Sometimes it'll be easy for you to be able to notice and respond to your thoughts. Other times, you might have to work really hard to get some distance from them. You might even have to keep letting go of the same unwanted thought over and over again. But don’t give up. Keep trying. Like waves in the ocean, thoughts are always passing through our minds, and can affect how we feel and what we do. But they are not “us”, and we are not our thoughts. Learning to be aware of our thoughts can allow us to respond with more choice instead of reacting in ways we may regret. Observing our thoughts gives us some distance to see how our thoughts make us feel. We can then choose to act in ways that bring us closer to the things and the people that are important to us. Remember, you are not your thoughts. Try observing your thoughts with curiosity. Try it right now.
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