Testimonials

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

 

"I have found a warm and friendly community at Trust Your Heart.  Kate Usaj has provided an incredibly supportive environment, rich with practical applications in furthering an individual's psycho-spiritual progress.  The "come as you are" attitude of Debbie's Women's Wisdom Knitting Circle keeps me looking forward to Sunday mornings all throughout the week.  My quality of life has been significantly impacted by the tidbits the women in the knitting group share about their own lives, their unique perspectives, and the things that bring them joy.  Plus knitting patterns, delicious herbal teas, and impromptu seed exchanges!  I find myself coming home week after week and Googling what someone has shared regarding self-care and then percolating it into my own daily practice.  And I feel valued when I have something to share as well.  I have a great deal of gratitude for this space and I honor it by carrying its medicine out into the world when I leave, sharing what I've learned with friends back home (I drive nearly an hour to get there and it is WORTH IT).  I cannot recommend Trust Your Heart enough for anyone seeking a space to thrive and grow!"

~ Hollace Yeary


"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 knowledgable 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 www.creativemovementcenter.com

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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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