Kathleen Irving is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a Master of Social Work from Simmons College. Prior to coming to Berklee, she worked in community mental health and hospitals, and in nonprofit leadership. Her areas of specialty are suicide and complex trauma interventions; family therapy; working with individuals developing their own sexual, gender, racial, ethnic, and wellness identities; and helping people to reconnect to their strengths and resources when adjusting to life changes. She believes in not only addressing problems on an individual level, but also examining the social norms that give life to problems that bring individuals to therapy. She's trained in narrative therapy, the supervision of multicultural family therapy, reflective supervision, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychological First Aid (PFA), and High-Fidelity Wraparound (a collaborative approach to supporting individuals in crisis).
As a musician herself, she's aware of the deep connection between music and emotional wellbeing, and incorporates mind/body techniques into her clinical practice. When she's not at work, she can be found hiking with her dog, playing the violin, biking, and testing out new recipes in the kitchen.