Kaytie Ochenkowski,

Kaytie graduated from Central Michigan University in 2011 as a Sociology & Women’s Studies Major and went on to earn her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2014. She is now a fully licensed clinical social worker.  She began her social work career as a Mental Health Technician at the Listening Ear Crisis Center in 2009 providing 24-hour crisis intervention services.

Kaytie later discovered her passion for working with survivors of trauma and sexual/power-based violence. Kaytie has extensive experience working in this arena. She interned as an advocate at the Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC) at the University of Michigan where she offered
crisis intervention and advocacy services for the students, staff, and faculty. Kaytie also served as a Response Team Volunteer at the Safe House Center of Washtenaw County administering medical and legal advocacy via outreach services to survivors of sexual and power-based violence in the community. In addition, she was a group facilitator for Healing for Hope – a support group for survivors of domestic violence at the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility.

In 2014, Kaytie began working at Community Mental Health for Central Michigan where she has acted in several roles including an Outpatient Therapist, Crisis Team Member, and Assessment Specialist. She was trained in DBT in 2015 - completing the 2-day and 5-day trainings, and has been providing the treatment since that time. In addition, she attended the Adolescent and Family DBT 2-day training in 2018. Kaytie has facilitated both adult and adolescent DBT Skills Training groups and is staunchly committed to providing the highest caliber of care to her clients.

Kaytie is also trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) - an evidence-based trauma treatment for people suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties. She has expertise in PE having completed her initial training as well as the Advanced Skills training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and is hoping to learn more about incorporating PE within the DBT treatment in the near future.