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Saltwater Therapeutic Wellness Services

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Healing Starts Here

Saltwater Therapeutic Wellness Services, a Licensed Mental and Behavioral Health Service Provider, with an office in Gig Harbor Washington. Offering evidence-based trauma-informed psychotherapies. 

Owner: Kathryn List, SWIACL, CDPTC, MSW, PhD Student. 

 Kathryn obtained an undergraduate degree in Social Work with a minor in Social Welfare from Northwest Nazarene University in 2003. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she worked in the field of social work with adults and children with substance use disorders, foster care/adoption, adolescent gang members, co-occuring disorders, and adults and children with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder;  both in Idaho and California. Kathryn’s experience includes the public school system, private agencies, and advocacy to name a few. In 2010, Kathryn obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University. During this time, she had the opportunity to work for St. Luke’s Hospital in the Emergency Department. This opportunity gave her a wide range of experience that includes biopsychosocial assessment, psychiatric medical social work assessment/Intake, psychiatric hospital, crisis intervention, substance use disorders, suicide/homicide assessments, child/adult abuse, intimate partner violence, hospice, home care, and psychiatric transfers. Kathryn is currently working in private practice. In this position, she provides Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), collaborates with The Reach Institute to offer therapy for children/adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders, and is a facilitator of Love and Logic classes for parents and educators. Kathryn also sees client’s with various psychiatric disorders, PTSD/complex-PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief/bereavement, substance use disorders, addictions, childhood trauma, and many others.  

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Therapeutic Approach

Personalized Attention for All Your Needs

As a social worker for the last 22 years, I have met many people from all walks of life. My genuine authentic approach with my patients has always been person-centered. With empathy and compassion, I utilize evidence-based trauma-informed psychotherapies and behavioral management techniques, to develop self-understanding, coping skills, self-regulation, healing, and empowerment. In a calm and safe environment, I encourage my patients to acquire new coping skills and reframe thoughts/feelings towards complicated life situations. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and therapist alike. All of this can bring life-altering results.


Services I Offer

With You Every Step of the Way

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Individual Therapy

In session, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your responses, and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Individual Therapy beneficial and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment.

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Family Therapy

Family Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances. Contact me today and let me help you find the best in yourself.

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Couples Therapy

Every relationship comes with ups and downs. At times it helps to have a unbiased party to process life's journey. Please reach out before you give up.

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Group Therapy

It often helps to learn from others. If we truly listen we can gain so much wisdom. Groups for adults and children. Topics can be diagnosis specific or symptom specific. Groups are between 8-10 sessions.

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CATIE Family Program

The C.A.T.I.E (CHILDREN/ADOLESCENCE TREATMENT IN EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOTHERAPIES) Family Program is a multi-disorder treatment in evidence-based treatments, adapted to clients’ needs, taught by a leader in the field, with ongoing coaching, using evidence-based teaching techniques and user-friendly materials.
1. Multi-disorder. Evidence-based.  Children almost always present with a combination of problems. The CATIE Family Program provides a state of the art treatment program in evidence-based interventions for children with some combination of disruptive behaviors, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Treatment for a given problem is always integrated with treatment for other problems. Procedures and therapeutic techniques are applied consistently across problem areas. While I have found that multi-disorder treatment is usually more useful and less costly than single disorder treatment, there are cases when the latter is preferable. For such cases, this treatment is also well suited.
2. Customized. Before any treatment can occur, I conduct a needs assessment. Treatment is then tailored to the unique skill levels, capacities, and criteria of my clients. For example, clients with basic CBT knowledge can skip to more advanced treatment. Subject areas can be dropped or added, topics emphasized or not. Treatment can be tailored in this way because I possess the necessary sophistication and expertise. I do not use the highly prescriptive, packaged approach common to most treatment. 
3.  Integrated training materials. Treatment manuals have been designed based on the C.A.T.I.E. treatment program, specifically for my client’s. Each manual uses similar graphics, a common glossary of terms, the same general outline for therapy sessions. and extensive cross referencing. Easy to understand handouts for client and family are integrated into the therapy sessions.


My Qualifications

Experience You Can Count On

When it comes to your health and overall well-being, it’s important to have a knowledgeable professional you can turn to. Over the years, I’ve provided counseling and psychological services to patients throughout the San Francisco area. My expertise covers a broad spectrum of mental health services, and I’m happy to share my experience and qualifications. Check out my CV, and call me today for a consultation.

April 2008-December 2010

M.S.W., Clinical Social Work GPA 3.9

Magna Cum Laude Graduate

Phi Alpha 

Clinical Social Work

Focus of Study: Clinical Social Work, Medical Social Work

Psychiatric Social Work

Clinical Internship with St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Department 

February 2018- September 2019

School-Based Therapist

  • Assist the school counselor with coordinating interventions with students, acting as an intervention specialist

  • Provide clinical assessments and interventions for students and family.

  • Provide individual, group, and family long term  therapy, based on need.

  • Enhance awareness of mental needs, services; and to promote community understanding of mental health and to enhance community response to mental health problems.   

April 2008-Present

Medical Psychiatric Social Worker

  • Participate and collaborate with the interdisciplinary team, patient, and families of patients,staff, and community agencies.

  • Provide crisis intervention/management and de-escalation of high risk patients, families, and staff.

  • Amass key psychosocial, emotional and cultural information from patient, family, community agencies and other professional disciplines as part of social work assessment.

  • Determine priorities for social work intervention with special consideration given to complex and/or high-risk issues.

  • Determine differential treatment needs of patients and families based upon assessment data, social work theory and standards of clinical practice.

  • Provide specialized focus assessments (i.e. suicide risk, mental health issues, chemical dependency, and abuse) and document assessment plan of care.

April 2008-August 2011

HOME CARE AND HOSPICE-Bereavement Coordinator/SW

  • Participate and contribute to the interdisciplinary team’s review of care plans and patient/family needs.

  • Counsel family members throughout the duration of bereavement care by assessing risk factors and responding accordingly.

  • Maintain all bereavement records and follow up information.

  • Provide grief/bereavement counseling services in accordance with the plan of care.

January 1995 - December 2000


  • 4800 Post Graduate Hours involving direct client contact, assessment, diagnosis, and other clinical social work. 

  • SWAICL-SC61004923 September 2019-Present

  • LMSW-30945 December 14, 2010- Present 

  • ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL- MSW Intern Completed 1000 Hours January 2010- July 2010

  • GUARDIAN HOME CARE AND HOSPICE- MSW Intern Completed 500 Hours January 2009 – July 2009


CATIE Family Program Research Study

In partnership withThe REACH Institute and St. Luke's Hospital a study into Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorder Training Program derived from the Coping Power Program developed by Drs. John Lochman, and Karen
Wells (http://www.copingpower.com/Default.aspx).

April 2018-Present

CATIE Family Program

Many of the more than 500 named therapies used to treat children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges lack supporting research. REACH uses and teaches only evidence-based psychotherapies ­– treatments that work – derived from rigorous scientific evaluations of efficacy and outcomes.

CATIE focuses on the use of cognitive behavior therapy, behavior therapy and other proven methods. CATIE is an excellent opportunity for child and adolescent clinicians to upgrade or learn new skills and interventions.

REACH offers CATIE training in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat:

Disruptive Behavior
Trauma including Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

The four treatments and their accompanying manuals consist of brief, 8- to 12-session interventions that are flexible and easily adaptable to various clinical situations. These interventions emphasize coping strategies, problem solving, parenting, family communication, cognitive restructuring and more.

December 2020- Present

Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee


November 2020- Present

PhD Student

I am studying Social Work and Addictions


I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges. Contact me today to learn more and book a session.

7721 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

‪(253) 242-3256‬

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