Katie Gleason, MS, LCSW
Therapist; Director, Connect 2 Kindergarten
Katie Gleason is a licensed clinical social worker who has been with JPA since 2012. Katie brings extensive experience in the developmental assessment of young children and in providing individual and group psychotherapy with adults and children to her role at JPA. She also provides expert consultation to other professionals working with children and families including teachers, social workers, other therapists, and family support professionals. Katie’s practice incorporates her knowledge of child development, is trauma informed, and influenced by psychodynamic and other relational theories. Katie seeks to understand, support, and advocate for families who are impacted by community violence, poverty, and social injustices and inequalities.
At JPA, Katie currently provides school-based psychodynamic child therapy as well as mental health consultation and trainings for the staff of several of JPA’s community partners. Additionally, Katie feels fortunate to have the opportunity to combine her passion for supporting early child development and her enjoyment in collaborating with teachers in her role as the Director and consultant with Connect 2 Kindergarten (C2K), JPA’s new pilot program which provides multiple relational interventions that support children and their teachers during the critical transition to Kindergarten.
- BA, Psychology and Integrative Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder
- MSW, Loyola University Chicago
- MS, Child Development, Specialization in Infancy, Erikson Institute
Areas of Specialty:
- Early Child Development
- Infant Mental Health
- Parenting and Family Concerns
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health