Kathryn Dietzway MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director / Psychotherapist

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-In-Training

Specializes in trauma-informed,

somatic, mindfulness focused therapy for adults 

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Kathryn Dietzway (she/her/hers) is a co-founder and the clinical director of The Therapy Garden. As a clinical director, she pulls from her background in Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work to support a group practice of clinicians who are passionate about reaching and affirming diverse populations in their services. Kathryn believes that psychotherapy should include an understanding of a person's holistic human needs, taking into account full mind-body wellness, and connecting clients to adjunct healthcare and related services as needed.

As a psychotherapist, Kathryn is passionate about supporting her clients with therapies that focus on the mind-body connection, from a psychological trauma, neurobiological perspective. Kathryn specializes in a compassionate, gentle approach to psychotherapy, rooted in the practices of clinical hypnosis, EMDR therapy, ecotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Somatic therapy. Kathryn regularly pursues advanced training and self-study in methods that resonate with the client's unconscious mind, helping folks to move past blocks that the conscious mind holds on to, often due to trauma, socialization and simply biology. Many of the principles found in Hypnosis and Hakomi Method, such as permissive language and non-violent communication, are embedded in and integral to Kathryn's approach.

If you are looking for a therapist who will tell you what to do, Kathryn is unlikely to be the right therapist for you. If you are looking for an approach to therapy that empowers you to find your own answers while connecting you to tools for growth, Kathryn may very well be the right therapist for you. Kathryn's ideal client is open to creative mind-body interventions, is open to reflecting and digging deeper and is ready to do the work both in session, and in-between session, at a steady and gentle pace. Expect to learn and practice somatic interventions, such as breathwork, guided meditation, visualizations and hypnosis often, both in sessions and independently.

Kathryn excels in working with clients who struggle with somatic and dissociative symptoms of Complex PTSD, who are in need of more advanced somatic and integration preparation techniques in order to reprocess traumas. The clinical diagnoses Kathryn specializes in include: PTSD, Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. She works often with clients who report a history of sexual trauma and childhood trauma and sees adults of all ages, most frequently 25-70.

Kathryn earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2012. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2015. Kathryn is recognized as an EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDR Consultant in Training through the EMDR International Association. She has completed Clinical Hypnosis Levels 1 and 2 through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is actively pursuing hypnosis certification. She is level 1 certified in Ecotherapy, an approach that focuses on cultivating a healthy relationship with nature as a means for psychological and ecological healing.

Kathryn's professional values: In therapy, Kathryn acknowledges the impact of systemic and macro-level problems such as racism, climate change, income inequality, among many others, on her clients' individual biopsychosocial experience. She works from an anti-racist. decolonial perspective. When it comes to conversations about food and body image, Kathryn works from a weight-neutral, non-diet approach and incorporates intuitive eating and HAES principles. Kathryn works with clients of diverse cultural, religious and spiritual backgrounds, incorporating the client's unique values and practices upon request. Kathryn is allied and affirming to those in the LGBTQIA+ community, consensual polyamory and consensual non-monogamous relationship communities, as well as to sex workers.

Outside of her time at The Therapy Garden, Kathryn can be found disconnecting from technology and immersing herself in nature in various ways, most often involving evening walks with family, bicycling, and trips to her favorite Earth landscapes--forests and mountains.

If you've read her bio and feel Kathryn might be a good fit for you, please email info@yourtherapygarden.com to request a consultation and screening call with Kathryn. Payment information can be found below.

Certifications, Memberships and Trainings:

EMDR Certified Therapist (EMDR International Association)

EMDR International Association Member

South Louisiana EMDR Regional Network Steering Committee Member

Trained in Levels 1 and 2 of Clinical Hypnosis-(ASCH)

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Member

Climate Psychology Alliance member

Climate Aware Therapist (Climate Psychology Alliance)

Stella Certified Mental Health Provider (Stella Treatment Center)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy-Essentials-(The Beck Institute)

Ecotherapy level 1 trained (Earth Body Institute)

Psychological First Aid trained (NCTSN)

Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy: 12 hour Experiential Training

Payment and Availability

50 minute session: $150

60 minute session: $165

80 minute session: $225

90 minute session: $235

2 hour session: $350

Kathryn has 2 income-based, sliding scale spots available at $80-$150. These spots are currently being utilized and we cannot determine when they will become open again.

Nature-Based Therapy Sessions (Offered September-November and February-May)

Land based Ecotherapy and Ecotherapy-Informed EMDR sessions are provided at the same rate and length as the standard sessions listed above. Land-based sessions may only occur after the full office-based intake and screening process has been completed to ensure this modality is an appropriate method for the client. These sessions take place in natural environments around Acadiana and focus on building mindfulness, presence, meaning and connection to ourselves through building connection with more than human nature (plants, animals, earth, the cosmos, etc). When a person is able to find safety, connection and meaning in the present moment, especially with natural beings, they often report an increased sense of peace and clarity with the unknowns of the larger world. Traditional psychotherapy methods are incorporated into the nature-based sessions, to include EMDR, Hypnosis, CBT, Somatic therapy, among any other therapy Kathryn specializes in. Selection of the outdoor therapy location will be collaboratively determined between therapist and client. Those who are new to nature exposure may prefer to start in a local park, while more avid nature adventurers are comfortable with forest environments.​ Nature-based sessions are also a helpful adjunct for those looking to decrease fear and anxiety about certain plants and insects, through an exposure therapy lens.

EMDR Mini Intensives:

EMDR mini intensives allow more treatment to be delivered in one session. Mindfulness-based somatic therapeutic methods and breaks are incorporated into these sessions to prepare the client for longer processing. Kathryn Dietzway incorporates clinical hypnotherapy, ecotherapy, guided meditations and somatic therapy methods as needed. A 20 minute consult must take place first to determine if Kathryn's approach to EMDR and intensives are right for the potential client. A 90 minute intake session must occur before meeting for the first intensive so that Kathryn and the client can decide what will be focused on in the intensive. The intake session may take place in person or virtually. Some clients may need intensives to focus solely on preparation work, resource development and nervous system stabilization, while others may be more ready for desensitization and reprocessing work; this is unique to the individual. Several intensives may be needed in order to meet client/therapist goals for treatment. Sessions longer than 90 minutes will incorporate 5-10 minute breaks. A 50% deposit is due in order to book the appointment, with the remainder due at the appointment start time. Intensives are offered only on Fridays. It is recommended that clients plan for a restful evening after an intensive, which may include a yoga, massage, a warm soak, or whatever the individual finds soothing. Some clients may need to refrain from driving long distances after an intensive.

2 hour EMDR session-$350

3 hour EMDR session-$500

4 hour EMDR session-$700

Trauma-Informed Gentle Yoga add on to EMDR therapy: 

30 min: $70

45 min: $100

Because these longer EMDR sessions are intensive, mind/body based activities such as yoga may assist the client in nervous system regulation post-EMDR session, as well as for long-term nervous system stabilization. The Therapy Garden's Registered Yoga Teacher and Psychotherapist, Grace Bailey, MSW, LMSW, RYT 200 offers these sessions directly after clients complete the EMDR intensive session on site at The Therapy Garden. Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) has been shown in research and clinical studies to lead to a decrease in PTSD symptoms and can be an extremely important adjunct to EMDR therapy.

Available: Monday-Thursday 9:00AM till 2:30 PM 

Consultation for Therapists (EMDR, Ecotherapy, and Business focused): $200/60 min sessions

Consultation for therapists pursuing EMDRIA Approved basic training or certification: $75/60 min session

To make an appointment with Kathryn, please email info@yourtherapygarden.com or call (337) 254-0362.

Therapies offered to clients may include one or more of the following:

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy-focusing on healing from trauma related issues
Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)-Adjunct for EMDR therapy, focusing on attachment trauma
Structural Dissociation Theory
Ego State Therapy

Ecotherapy
Clinical Hypnosis
Mindful Somatic Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Trauma-Focused CBT
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Sandplay Therapy
Polyvagal Theory/Neurobiological Psychology Approach