Katherine Unthank, PhD, CPC, LMHC, LPC

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Dr. Katherine (Kitty) Unthank is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Nevada and Colorado and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana. She has served University of Phoenix for over 10 years, most recently as Chair of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Las Vegas Campus. She is currently Senior Manager of Regulatory & Compliance for all Master’s in counseling programs. She is a Past-President and current Executive Director of the Nevada Counseling Association. She served on the Nevada State Board of Examiners for Marriage & Family Therapists and Clinical professional Counselors from 2009-2014. She is also in private-practice. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. Her dissertation received recognition from the American Psychological Association (APA) as runner-up for the Sidney M. Jourard research award and from The Center for the Sacred Feminine, with a Scholarship Merit Award. She was invited to present her work at three national conferences:

  • “Shame on You”: Exploring the Deep Structure of Posttrauma Survival, American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

  • Suicide: A Window into the Deep Structure of Posttrauma Survival. 13th International Violence & Trauma Conference, San  Diego, CA

  • Introducing the Deep Structure of Trauma Survival: A New Paradigm for Trauma Informed Care.  The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care Dare to Transform Conference, Washington, D.C.

She is the author of Riding Wild Horses Home, which was nominated for Non-Fiction Book of the Year by the American Library Association. Dr. Unthank has worked in the Mental Health field since completing her Masters in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University - Bloomington in 1986.