Kathleen M. Adams, PhD, LMFT, is the Director of Oregon Tech’s graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kathleen is an experienced therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant, university professor and administrator. She has many years of practice in community mental health care and in MFT training, and has a keen interest in the development of therapists and in Clinical Supervision.
Grounded in humanistic, experiential and relational ways of knowing, Dr. Adams mentors students from “Self of the Therapist” and “Person of the Therapist” clinical training approaches, approaches imbued throughout the MS MFT curriculum. First embraced by Virginia Satir and Harry Aponte, these approaches recognize that therapy is about relationships ~ that profound human connection between therapist and client. She strongly believes that the single most effective tool that therapists bring to therapeutic relationships is themselves. Dr. Adams is deeply rewarded by her relationships with students and supervisees as they learn to embrace themselves, and learn to make intentional use of themselves in clinical practice
Dr. Adams earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, her MS in Counseling at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and her BS in Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is credentialed by the state of Oregon as an approved Clinical Supervisor for MFTs and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). In addition to her current licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Adams was previously credentialed as a Chemical Abuse Drug Counselor III (CADC III), an Independent Clinical Social Worker, LPC, and a state approved Clinical Supervisor in Hawaii and Minnesota.
“We create and hold spaces for people to feel pain and discomfort that isn’t safe to feel outside of therapy. And, the single most effective tool we bring into creating that sacred space is our self.”