Katie R

Katie, a native Alabamian, came to Birmingham in 2012 to pursue a master's from UAB in Mental Health Counseling. She works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in her practice, Present Wellness Counseling, LLC, as well as in a residential treatment center for substance abuse. She and her husband were married in 2007 and have a son, Harpin, who's been keeping them busy since 2016. She is learning daily how to bridge her child development background with real-life motherhood moments, and she is excited to share these experiences with her BMB readers. Katie loves any time spent outside, loves opening her home to share meals with friends, and loves her faith community. She practices yoga and Reiki, and leads meditation groups for developing self-compassion. You can find out more about her practice and her upcoming community trainings at her website, PresentWellnessCounseling.com.

What Simone Biles Is Teaching the World About Mental Health

My affinity for the Olympics goes back decades. I love learning about the athletes' stories and world-wide backgrounds. Tears are inevitable for me when watching those big moments of fulfilling hard-earned dreams.  As a kid, I...

When Waiting Is Not Easy :: Lessons From Our Adoption Journey

My family is a big fan of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. There are several we love that still make us laugh each time we read them. One that I love,...

Female Empowerment :: Beyond Women’s History Month

Female Empowerment Culture Calls for women to support and empower other women seem to have increased significantly in recent years. And I am all here for this message and these systemic changes! I loved all the Women's History...

Birmingham Area Tornado Relief:: How To Help

March 25th, 2021 is a date that is likely to stay in our minds for years to come, much like April 27, 2011. Many of us spent time huddled in safe places with family,...

Thanks, 2020 :: Finding Gratitude in the Dumpster Fire

What A Year It's Been! There’s no question that 2020 is a year we are all ready to see go on its way. I feel certain I don’t have to list the reasons for you....

Dia de los Muertos :: Why and How to Join the Celebration

Shortly after moving to Birmingham in 2012, I was invited by coworkers to what would soon become one of the most beautiful and meaningful events of the year for me. I had a vague...

Covid Camping :: How a Camper Saved Our Sanity in 2020

"The mountains are calling, and I must go." - Muir There is nothing quite like being truly present outdoors to soothe my soul. I've always felt drawn by nature. I could dine al fresco for...

Love Lessons :: Words to Our Children About Race and Racism

There are endless difficult conversations parents know they must have with children over the course of their lives. World-wide Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George...

Balancing Fear and Love During the Covid-19 Pandemic :: Why I Stay Home

The fall of 2013 is a season I will never forget. But if it weren’t for coronavirus (Covid-19), the memories of that time would feel far away and almost insignificant. Now I think back...

It’s a Very Mad World Wide Web :: Respectful Discord in the Digital Age

For years, I’ve seen friends post about taking a hiatus from social media, particularly around the season of Lent. I’ve rarely felt inclined to do that myself, as I'm usually minimally involved digitally.   For me,...