Catalyst Counseling

Kaitlyn Nagayama

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Pronouns: she/her


Therapy can be whatever you need it to be. Sometimes that might be somewhere you can talk about your week, open up about the challenges you are facing, or maybe it is just the willingness to show up. The therapeutic space looks different for each person and it’s O.K. to not know where to begin. I am here to guide you through this process. It can be deeply vulnerable, sometimes painful, and surprisingly healing. It can also be a space for self-exploration, curiosity, and insight. My intention with this work is to first build a trusting relationship so that you feel seen and heard without judgment. I want to meet you where you are and help provide the support you need to feel safe, connected, and understood.

I grew up in a small town where I found it difficult to fit in and constantly faced the experience of being different. My identity as a Japanese-American female clinician positions me to be an advocate for ensuring a culturally humble space that embraces and celebrates the uniqueness and beauty we bring to this world. I am passionate about holding a social justice perspective and hope that therapy can feel inclusive and safe knowing that you can come as you are.

My art background also informs the creativity I bring to the space. Sometimes it can be difficult to articulate in words how we feel. Thankfully, there is an alternative tool – art therapy! Art therapy by no means requires you to have artistic skill – art therapy just asks you to be open to being creative and playful. I will offer you the opportunity, if you feel comfortable, to engage in creative expression through painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, mixed media, and a variety of other art mediums. If talk therapy is what you prefer, that’s totally fine too – we do what makes you feel safe and comfortable.

I received my masters degree from Antioch University Seattle in couples and family therapy with a specialization in art therapy. My previous work with clients includes relationship challenges, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, depression and anxiety, gender identity exploration, and attachment issues.

My therapeutic approach is primarily narrative, solution-focused, and strength-based. I work from a systemic and relational lens by understanding the patterns and cycles that our lives interact with.

It is humbling for me to be invited into a client’s life and witness the transformative experience therapy can offer. My hope is that I can create a safe place to build connection and encourage honesty and authenticity.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate with the State of Washington (#MG 61289539). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Katherine Walter, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G (LICSW #SC61314226).

Kaitlyn offers individual counseling (not couples). She sees teens 13+ and adults.


Connect With Us:

To make an appointment with Kaitlyn, please call or email our office.

Important: If this is a crisis or you need immediate support, please call the Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222 or go to your nearest emergency room. Catalyst Counseling cannot provide emergency services.