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Katherine β€œKat” M. Zwick, LPCC, LCPC, CGP 

Founder & Executive director

Pronouns: She/her

Kat is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California (# 3334) and Illinois (# 180009215). She is also a Board Certified Group Psychotherapist.

Locations: Santa Cruz & Oakland

Kat started Ride The Wave Recovery to bring more outpatient services - particularly group psychotherapy - to clients of all genders recovering from eating disorders, process addictions, substance addictions, and trauma.

She provides direct therapeutic services to clients, and she also provides training, consultation, and supervision to colleagues and employees.

Kat is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and has facilitated over 1,000 hours of therapy groups in the last 9 years. She is highly trained in systems and relational group psychotherapy, family systems therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, object relations, and feminist therapy, and she is functionally trained in Internal Family Systems. She also incorporates somatic experiencing techniques, Gestalt techniques, spirituality, and emotionally-focused techniques.

She is an active member of the Santa Cruz Transgender Consultation Group, a group of therapists, medical professionals, and community advocates who collaborate to bring affirming care to trans and non-binary clients in the Santa Cruz & Oakland areas.

Kat has her own recovery from an eating disorder and other process addictions and is grateful to be of service to others in recovery as a therapist. She identifies as queer.

Kat worked for many years at the Residential, Partial-Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient levels of care at treatment centers for eating disorders, mood disorders, addictions, Borderline Personality Disorder, and trauma, providing group, family, and individual therapy as well as serving in significant leadership roles.

She engaged in the bulk of her post-graduate clinical training and experience in Chicago, IL, while working on multi-disciplinary treatment teams at Haymarket Center, in its substance abuse and mental illness residential program for men, and at Eating Recovery Center/Insight (ERC). At ERC, she served as a Treatment Coordinator, Program Site Manager and then Clinical Site Director, overseeing treatment, programming and staff training and development for the PHP, IOP and OP levels of care for those recovering from eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma.

She moved to Santa Cruz to take on a Clinical Director position at The Lotus Collaborative Eating Recovery Centers (TLC) and then moved into the Executive Clinical Director role at TLC, overseeing all clinical programming, treatment, and staff development and training at TLC's two branches and transitional living facility.

In mid-2017, Kat decided to transition to full-time private practice, re-orienting herself to primarily direct clinical work, which is her greatest passion. In 2018, seeing the ongoing need for more outpatient groups locally for the populations she serves, she decided to expand her practice's work, move into a bigger space and found Ride The Wave Recovery.

Kat is predominantly focused on offering therapy groups to her local community and carrying the message of the benefits of group psychotherapy to her colleagues. At Ride The Wave Recovery, she runs 7 ongoing outpatient groups per week, including process groups, a movement group, and the DBT Mindfulness & Skills group series.

Kat is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, with a double major B.S. Degree in Performance Studies and Gender Studies. She achieved her M.A. Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University-Chicago. Her clinical internship in graduate school was as an individual and group therapist at Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), which provides free therapy services to survivors; she additionally volunteered for another year with RVA as a Rape Crisis Intervention Counselor & Medical Advocate working with survivors in emergency rooms in Chicago.

In her spare time currently, Kat spends time with her partner and their puppy, she hikes, gets into the City and Town, goes to stand-up shows and music concerts, and sings. Kat is also an endurance runner-turned-run-walker and has completed multiple half-marathons and one marathon thus far, as well as other shorter-distance events over the past 26 years. She has been an endurance athlete both in an eating disorder and in recovery over the span of her life, and she is interested in assisting athletes recovering from eating disorders in finding balance and joy in their personal relationships with exercise and movement.

You can email her at katherine@ridethewaverecovery.com. You can learn more about her therapeutic approach and her current and former positions and projects at katherinezwick.com

Kat is a member of:

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

American Group Psychotherapy Association

A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

GREX West Coast Affiliate of A.K. Rice

International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors