There is rarely ever a day when Katie Soli has nothing to do. She works relentlessly as a therapist at WRA, and when she is not, she spends most of her free time going to game practices, hiking, kayaking, camping and travelling with her four children. Katie is also an active member of her church and neighborhood, as well as an active Girl Scout. After all this, whatever time she is left with, Katie fills it by getting together with friends and family to talk, play games, or just sit by the fire.
About her position
With a master's degree in counseling psychology with emphasis on family and marriage therapy, and having worked with At Risk Youth for about 17 years, Katie has extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential therapy and relationship-based therapy.
Working as therapist for WRA, Katie collaborates with the team to develop and implement treatment goals. She interacts personally with the students and their families, focusing on not just treatment but on the improvement of family relationships and rebuilding the family system.
During her individual and family sessions, Katie has noticed a prevalence of issues surrounding lack of communication, detachment, past trauma and adoption.
Katie's journey at WRA
Other than the extremely dedicated staff and administration of WRA, what attracted Katie the most to working at WRA was its Positive Peer Culture (PPC) model of WRA. The model encourages student collaboration, encouraging and helping each other along the way. Based on the governing principles of care and concern, Katie is enthused to see a sense of strength, empowerment and responsibility being cultivated among students through this model.
Katie's treatment philosophy is centered on motivation for change. She believes she can only help students so much unless they themselves want to change and are motivated for growth. This comes from helping students to see how their unhealthy ways of coping are negatively impacting their lives. Once they grasp this, it's powerful enough to turn everything around.
Katie finds young boys to be unique in treatment. She fully understands that building a rapport and deep understanding with these students has to be the fundamental approach. Hence, Katie focuses on getting to know the students individually, finding out their likes, dislikes and what drives them. Not "forcing" therapy on them is the key to finding that place where treatment can go into effect.
When asked about her experience at WRA, Katie enthusiastically commented, "I am so blessed to work with such great people at WRA and I hope that I contribute to the success of the students at WRA as well as the success of others working at WRA."
What inspires Katie
What motivates Katie to do what she does is her love for standing witness to the journey of change the students embark upon and how they emerge from it as empowered young men. Seeing these individuals fighting their personal battles and discovering their strengths, and getting to be a small part of it, is particularly rewarding and inspirational for Katie.