Kathleen Usaj, ACHT, LISW-S, ODE Licensed School Social Worker

Registered State of Florida Telehealth Provider

Location: Mentor, OH ~ Virtual supervision

Phone: 440-487-0214

Email: [email protected]

Bachelors  Degree/Hiram College and Masters Degree/Case Western Reserve University

  • 27 years of experience providing one-on-one supervision
  • Committed to the personal growth and ongoing mentorship of social workers in the areas of mindfulness and stress management to enable them to become true leaders in the field.
  • Assisting social workers in clarifying and manifesting their practice and social work business beyond agency work.
  • Uniquely positioned to provide supervision to new social workers in a school setting.

Completed 21+ hours of telebehavioral health training and has experience using telebehavioral health at a major hospital system and in private practice.

Areas of Specialization: 22 years of experience in public schools, blending traditional clinical work with advanced holistic and integrative approaches including mindfulness, meditation, self-compassion, heart-centered hypnotherapy, Reiki, mindfulness, meditation and breathwork.

Kate has broad experience working with children, adolescents, transitional age youth, adults, school personnel, therapists, executives, school districts, special education, cultural competence and inclusion, professional development, trauma assessment and treatment, juvenile justice, addictions, women's issues, pain and chronic health issues, autoimmune disorders, IBS, stress, anxiety, adjustment, depressive disorders.

She has 30 years of experience in the social work field. She has worked in community mental health, in home community mental health, school based agencies and hospitals. She has currently worked for seven years as a Holistic Psychotherapist at The Cleveland Clinic seeing individual clients ages 5-90 and co-teaching shared medical appointments with medical doctors who are board certified in integrative and functional medicine, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, holistic psychotherapists.

Prior to working at The Cleveland Clinic, Kate provided direct, clinical services and project management services for federal grant projects in inner ring, suburban and Cleveland Metropolitan School districts. As such, she has experience with every agency in the county to meet a client’s needs. She is a seasoned clinician with micro and macro trauma experience providing direct and consultative services to manage three school shooting responses as well as hundreds of crisis responses while working in schools.

She has sixty post graduate training hours as a sex offender treatment professional and completed a two year post graduate internship in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy at the Wellness Center in Issaquah, WA. She earned a 2nd Degree Reiki Practitioner Certification from the International Center for Reiki Training, and has extensive training in mindfulness with Tara Brach, breath-work, meditation, EFT, and other alternative modalities. She is a life- long learner and is excited to share her healing journey and assist other heart centered social workers to write THEIR personal and professional story!!

What are clients and supervisees saying about Kate?

"Kate's group was collaborative, informative and well run. I was able to build relationships not only with Kate, but with my peers in the group. It provided me the support I needed as a new social worker. The online format was conducive to my life and made obtaining my independent license seamless. "

~ Chloe Campisi, MSW, LISW

" Kate provides supervises with a unique learning experience that provides an informative session while making the sessions fun and interactive. Her supervision is affordable and well worth the money. It is an environment that I miss and helped further my practice in social worker. A +++, well recommended ".

~ Daniel Lewis, MSW

"In Fall, 2019, the Lake County, Ohio Trauma Response Team requested to have a workshop regarding how trauma affects adults and the best strategies to use at a team response in the community. As a long-time team leader, I was asked if I knew who might have some current information to share.  Kate Usaj’s name came to mind immediately.  Kate presented to our group of 50 mental health practitioners on the most recent research on Mindfulness and Polyvagal Theory.  Attendees said they were pleased to learn something new that would be very useful in their responses and in their personal lives.  Kate was also asked by our ADAMHS Board representative if she would be open to discuss other topics for future agency trainings. I recommend that any agency or school district looking for a meaningful, useful presentation by a seasoned clinician and trainer contact Kate."

Catherine Iannadrea LISW-S - Former Chairman of the Lake County ADMHS Board

"Kate's supervision is supportive, flexible and affordable. The online format is very accessible and comparable to engaging in "physically" face-to-face supervision. Kate is genuinely interested in supporting you in developing a growth-oriented plan/idea of your future as an independent social worker and provides guidance along the way. I found Kate's insight into how to integrate body-sensitive interventions and education into traditional talk therapy invaluable. Moreover, she is sensitive to the influence of different levels-of-system on your level of social work practice (primarily clinical, in my case) and is more than willing to share a breadth of resources consistent with your practice needs. I highly recommend and appreciate Kate!"

~ James Braga, MSW, LISW

“Kate provides a ‘whole person’ centered supervisory experience which emanates from a belief that ultimately, the greatest gift you bring into any relationship is your whole self. Kate teaches you how to Trust Your Heart rather than denying its voice. Her talent of finding YOUR unique amount of moment by moment guidance, to allowing the necessary space to grow from is a gift. Kate is also a life mentor to her students which speaks highly of the value she places on the relationships she encounters with her students.  Her ability to care beyond the business commitment demonstrates her genuine care for your success as a clinical social worker. I’m wholeheartedly grateful for the role she has played and continues to play in my life as a mentor as I embark in private practice, a lifelong goal and dream she has helped me to reach!”

~ Joseph Cirino, MSSA, LISW

"Kathleen Usaj came to our studio and facilitated a parent workshop and a staff training for my teachers are our dance studio.

She was very organized and knowledgeable in the planning stages before the workshops.  She was so easy to talk to and made myself and my staff feel very comfortable.  Our staff training was so informative and she provided many great resources.  We are so looking forward to working with her again on another staff training.

Kathleen's ability to convey messages of understanding in our parent workshop were just what we needed.  Our families were receptive to her support and we were all very clear on her ideas and guidance.  We really enjoyed the part of the workshop were we all got up on our feet.  We are certainly going to look forward to another parent workshop with Kate!

Thank you !"

Hayley Schmidt - Director/Owner Creative Movement Center

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“Kate is incredibly knowledgeable on a wide variety of behavioral and mental health topics. This, in combination with her warmth and professionalism, makes her a highly effective therapist.”

                                                                                                          ~ Rachel Meffe, LISW
                                         Past President of the Ohio School Social Work Association 
                                  School Social Worker at Cuyahoga Heights, OH School District

“Kate has a talent for bringing bright and passionate people together for a good cause.  She is a forward thinker who has an amazing work ethic. She is knowledgeable about her field and is always looking to expand her expertise to be able to provide services to all in need of mental health.”

                                                                                                          ~ Nicole Stacey, LISW
                                            Ohio Department of Education Credential Review Board

“Kathleen is an extraordinary individual with the finest skills as a social worker I have ever seen. She is professional, compassionate, and highly competent with people of all ages. She has become a responsible and respected manager and leader, grant writer and service provider.
It would be an honor to work with her again if that opportunity would arise.”
                                                                          ~ Janice J. Montgomery, B.S, M.Ed, HCH
                                Director of Student Services at Verde Valley Montessori School

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