Katelyn Chapman, MSW, LCSWA is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in North Carolina currently accruing hours towards her full licensure. Katelyn received her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an additional major in Anthropology also from UNC Chapel Hill. Katelyn has worked in various clinical settings including hospitals, outpatient therapy practices, and crisis and advocacy centers.
Katelyn’s clinical focus lies at the intersections of sexual health and wellness, interpersonal trauma, and mental health. Katelyn has experience in treating diverse mental health concerns including but not limited to trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, sexual concerns, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, interpersonal conflict, and gender and sexuality identity exploration. She also has experience in therapeutic crisis intervention, sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and survivor advocacy, and perinatal and postpartum supportive care. Katelyn is an LGBTQ+ identifying clinician and has a passion for working with diverse populations. Katelyn is trained in, and currently works from, a trauma-informed, antiracist, gender and sexuality affirming, cognitive behavioral framework.
Katelyn sees clients in our Durham offices and via telehealth. She is in network with many BCBS insurance plans and can also see clients with Cigna insurance, clients who would like to use out of network benefits, and private pay clients.
“Sex and sexuality are often ignored in general therapy, but really shouldn’t be. Sex is often when we’re at our most vulnerable; it’s such a window into our authentic selves– ignoring sex in therapy is missing a big piece of the puzzle. Sex therapy closes that gap, allowing for truly holistic therapeutic work.”
Katelyn works to promote an empathic, collaborative, and judgement-free therapeutic space. She is passionate about sexual health and wellness and believes that promoting open discussion of sexuality and sexual matters is imperative in mental health treatment and in fighting the societal stigma surrounding sex. Katelyn works from a person-in-environment framework — working with her clients to use evidence-based therapeutic interventions in concert with consideration of social, personal, and environmental factors that impact a person’s mental and sexual health. Katelyn views the client as the “expert in their own lives” and seeks to foster connection and collaboration in the therapy room. She encourages feedback, questions, and transparency with her clients as they work together.
Katelyn recognizes the role of sex and sexuality in mental health and general functioning and finds focusing on sexual matters in therapy can help to address many intricately connected client concerns regarding mental and relational health. She honors the vulnerability required in discussing sex and sexuality and holds a nonjudgmental, unconditional positive regard with her clients as she meets them where they are in order to address sexual, relational, and mental health concerns.
Katelyn has additional training and experience treating interpersonal trauma, especially sexual trauma, and provides empathic, patient, empowering, and judgement-free care to those who have experienced sexual trauma, including those navigating sex following trauma. Katelyn believes education functions as the axis on which the world spins, and often uses psychoeducation in her work with clients, as well as frequently brings new ideas from current research on sex and mental health to the therapy room.
Katelyn works from a trauma-informed cognitive behavioral framework. She has formal training in evidence-based practices including general cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy.
Katelyn loves being outside and, when not working, spends time hiking, swimming, or exploring the outdoors with family and friends. Her down time is often spent snuggling with her cat, caring for her houseplant “jungle” or watching TV. Katelyn loves to learn and enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and attending talks and trainings in her areas of interest.