Hi, I’m Kate!
I am a mom to two precious little boys, Ezra (3) and Nehemiah (1), and a wife to a wonderful christian man.
My husband serves as a Connections Pastor at a christian church in Orlando, FL. Being a pastors wife has it challenges but is such a blessings to my heart and I couldn’t imagine not being a ministry family. I truly feel called to my husbands ministry and the church that we serve at.
I have an undergraduate degree in ministry and a graduate degree in counseling psychology from an awesome christian university in South Florida. I’ve enjoyed working in a variety of settings, some secular and some christian, but mostly all with children, families and marriage. I currently work at our church as a Christian therapist, which I absolutely love.
I am very passionate about families and individual’s mental health, spirituality, relationships, and physical health. I have been serving families in ministry for over 10 years and have specific experience with trauma in teens, blended families, marital conflict, grief and children with autism. I have worked with children, teens and adults in a variety of settings to bring healing and restoration. I was a house parent at Place of Hope and worked with teen girls who were victims of sex trafficking. I worked at Boys Town with youth and families. I hold specific training in marriage and family approaches and am certified in Prepare/Enrich and Couples Communication. I am also level 1 trained in the Gottman Methods. I highly value the importance of spirituality in bringing hope and healing to individuals, couples and families.
I’ve always wanted to be a mom and couldn’t wait to get pregnant! As soon as my son was born, I shut down my private counseling practice to pursue motherhood as a stay at home- part time working mom! I’m grateful to back in the work field as a therapist but being a mom is my number one joy in life.
I entered motherhood with some unrealistic expectations about what it would be like & before my first little man was born realized my expectations were about to be crushed. There is a lot of joy in being a mom but God has used the last 3 years as one big growing experience!
Sitting on the couch watching endless re-runs of netflix favorites while trying to figure out the craziness that is breastfeeding, I realized I needed a hobby. So I’ve turned to blogging in hopes that God may use this platform as means of encouraging other mama’s out there.
All my mom friends know that being a mom, rather stay at home or working, is not a glamorous job. It comes with it’s ups and downs but is the most rewarding task the Lord can give a woman. Some days I’m blessed to pack my work bag and leave the babies for a few hours and other days I’m blessed to stay home with 2 stubborn, happy, energetic, toddlers; who I love with all that I am.
My prayer is that as your read, the Lord will bless your heart & you won’t feel alone in your journey of motherhood because girl– moms need to stick together!
Katelyn Dean, M.S.
(Registered Mental Health Intern #IMH19329)