"My clients are not merely clients, they are people worth getting to know. My PASSION is helping you embrace HEALING & HOPE, through a TENDER, UNDERSTANDING & COMPASSIONATE counseling style." Katerina Sorrell
Katerina Sorrell, M.A. Counseling, Specialization in Professional Clinical Counseling, California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #4909, National Board Certified Counselor, PPS Credential in School Counseling, Mental Health Psychotherapist
So many people live with frustration, disappointment (often in themselves), broken relationships, pain and sadness. Others are just “stuck” and can’t get traction to reach their goals. Katerina has helped countless men and women find their way, their confidence, their joy and their purpose.
We live in a busy world, with unrealistic demands and crazy schedules at work and at home. As a mother of three (2 boys, 1 girl), Katerina understands the joys and challenges of creating balance among family, school, work and outside pursuits.
Adult client: “When Katerina met with me, it took her almost no time at all to get to the root cause of my relationship problems. I was amazed how easily she got past all my excuses and defenses. When she finally helped me see the truth, it was like a light came on. And this was just in the first session! She doesn’t waste any time.” –B.T.
Adult client: “I have grown so much from my experience with Katerina Sorrell. She is a natural counselor. She inspired and challenged me. She said the things that needed to be said, and held me accountable for my commitments. I would be a lesser person today if not for the time I spent with Katerina. I recommend her highly.” –S.S.
Adolescent and Child Counseling
In addition to her successful counseling of adults, Katerina has many years of experience working with children and their concerns. She has done mental health counseling in two elementary schools and a high school, and is exceptional at helping children and adolescents with the difficulties and frustrations of life, school and relationships.
Katerina has significant experience helping students deal with issues such as depression, cutting, motivation issues, family conflict, test anxiety, suicide ideation, low academic performance, extreme shyness, divorce anxiety, panic attacks, peer pressure, addictions and spiritual confusion.
Teen client: “Mrs. Sorrell helped me think things through. My grades are better than they’ve ever been. Thanks to her I’m better in life (not doing drugs, hurting myself, or drinking). She inspired me a lot. I would never be able to trust another counselor as much as I trust her.” –A.L.
Teen client: “Mrs. Sorrell is the nicest person you will ever meet. She changed many things about me for the better. I trust her and I love her. I will grow up and remember how big of an impact she made in my life. I’m thankful that someone like her came into my life. She is absolutely amazing at what she does. All I have to say is you will never regret meeting someone like Mrs. Sorrell.” –D.H.
Professional Credentials and Expertise
Katerina Sorrell has earned a Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Professional Clinical Counseling from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #4909 with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Psychotherapist, National Board Certified Counselor and has her Pupil Personnel Services Credential in school counseling. She worked with the Saddleback, Fullerton School District as a School Counselor and Mental Health Practitioner providing crisis intervention and/or implementation of early identifying students who may need additional supports. She also volunteers as a counselor for the National Suicide Intervention Hotline. After coauthoring a paper presented to a conference of the American Psychological Association (“Amount of Daily Walking Predicts Energy, Mood, Personality, and Health”), Katerina developed and implemented a 3-year adolescent group counseling curriculum, and designed and presented multiple elementary classroom guidance programs.
Katerina’s specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Behavior Modification and other evidence-based treatment modalities gives her many options when working with both adult and student clients. In addition, her expertise in administering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, WISC-V, and various career aptitude tests such as the Strong Interest Inventory, makes Katerina a versatile partner for those seeking guidance on issues such as personality, intelligence and career.
Katerina also speaks fluent English and Spanish.
Katerina, her husband, three children, two dogs, and three parrots live near the Back Bay, where she regularly escapes to spend time paddling kayaks, outriggers and paddleboards ... and even participates in occasional kayak racing competitions.
OC California Association School Counselors (OC CASC) - Appointed Elementary School Counselor Representative, 2015-16
California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) – Member
Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology – Member
Katerina provides individual and group counseling sessions throughout the Orange County schools and has a private practice.