Kathryn S. Miller, LCSW, RPT-S, CIMI
Owner & Child/Family Psychotherapist
Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), and Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is a qualified clinician with expertise in psychotherapy and assessment of children and families, particularly those affected by trauma or loss.
Kathy earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Susquehanna University, followed by her Master’s in Social Work at Rutgers University. She has held a clinical license to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 2008.
Given that young children aren’t developmentally equipped to benefit from traditional “talk therapy” alone, Kathy underwent extensive training to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the national Association for Play Therapy (APT).
Eventually, she also became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) through the International Loving Touch Foundation (ILTF), which has greatly enriched the attachment-based work she does with postpartum and post-adoptive parents.
In addition, Kathy has received extensive training and experience in the use of structured Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
Following Kathy’s licensure, she was a psychotherapist at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s (CCTC’s) Trauma Assistance Program and Sexual Trauma Treatment Program. At CCTC, Kathy gained extensive training and experience treating a variety of traumas impacting inner-city children and families in Philadelphia and was often called upon to provide court testimony in Philadelphia’s Family Court.
Kathy worked for Community Behavioral Health (CBH) for several years, where she conducted clinical care management, made medical necessity determinations, and provided clinical trainings and technical assistance to promote clinical effectiveness within publicly funded behavioral health agencies in Philadelphia. In this position, she also served as an Evidence Based Program (EBP) Coordinator and oversaw the implementation of three children’s acute partial hospital programs.
Most recently, Kathy has worked at Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center that coordinates the investigation of child sexual abuse cases in Philadelphia. There is a tremendous disparity in the volume of child sexual abuse cases that occur in Philadelphia and the amount of services available to these children. Kathy’s role focuses on increasing access to high quality trauma treatment for child survivors of sexual abuse in Philadelphia and partnering with those providers to promote engagement and retention.
In addition to the immigration work that Kathy does through Healing with Play, she also conducts pro-bono evaluations through HealthRight International and Physicians for Human Rights for asylum seekers. Kathy has conducted clinical trainings on topics pertaining to trauma and/or immigration issues for Community Behavioral Health, Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, HIAS, Mennonite Central Committee, and St Christopher’s Hospital.
Kathy is also on the Board of Directors at Intercommunity Action, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that offers a variety of services to support individuals who are aging, have an intellectual disability, or require behavioral health supports. At Interact, she serves as the Chair on the Behavioral Health Committee.
Kathy is a member of Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives’ Asylum Evaluators Consultation Group and holds professional affiliations with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), PA Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW), the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), and the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
Kathy has a warm, genuine approach and has personal experience with being internationally adopted, which has been a large inspiration for her creating Healing with Play, LLC.