Kate Gobes

MC, RCC #22506

Kate Gobes is currently accepting new clients.

Kate (she/her) is a registered clinical counsellor with 15 years in the helping field. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working alongside neurodivergent folks in a variety of roles. A passionate advocate for neurodivergent rights, Kate has devoted significant time to studying and developing a neurodiversity-affirming care framework for working with clients.

As one of the many women diagnosed with ADHD later in life, Kate has first-hand experience of having her sense of self challenged. She knows what it’s like to navigate that uncomfortable intersection of what you thought you knew and the unknown. Change can be a really destabilising process, and she welcomes folks with any new diagnoses to walk this unfamiliar path together.

Kate views therapy as a place to uncover new insights, identify old patterns, and name the systemic oppressors that pose as barriers. She maintains a trauma-informed space with ongoing consent and her shared humanity to facilitate greater vulnerability and trust. Her holistic approach considers the client’s relationship to their body, mind, spirit, as well as their sense of social connection. Some of her work is helping folks reconnect with their bodily sensations, inner knowing, as well as begin to build a greater felt sense of internal safety.

Kate identifies as a white settler and a queer, cisgender woman who is neurodivergent, straight-sized, and non-disabled. When she’s not working, she enjoys dancing, spending time in community, and walking in the woods with her dog Willow.

Kate’s informed consent form can be found here. Kate offers a sliding scale.

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

I had the tremendous privilege of attending a public art school as a kid. I fell in love with dance there and it really offered me an outlet to express all the big feelings I was having. Today, I have a dedicated movement practice that helps me process and release stored emotions in my body. Dancing and being part of a community where I can felt seen and accepted as myself has been incredibly healing for me. So I see tremendous value in community belonging and processing emotions in the body. This perspective influences my approach to counselling.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

I feel a genuine electricity doing this work. One of the many benefits of counselling is that it brings two people into deeper conversation where a witnessing can occur, that’s powerful enough to create a felt sense of being seen and understood. I think this feeling of being understood is the starting point of empowerment for folks and It’s a real thrill to witness people come alive in themselves.

What have you learned from your work?

I’ve learned that so many recurring themes of struggle and perseverance are kept isolated in the individual story. Naming these struggles together allows us a chance to trace common patterns that unite us all, and this reconnects us to our shared humanity. I love what Dr. Tara Brach says about bringing our struggles into the light of awareness. Bringing things into the light offers an opportunity for fresh perspectives, collaboration, and a space to challenge false narratives that have been internalised.

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