Create the family you want to have

About me


Kate Oliver, LCSW-C  (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) has been a clinician working with traumatized and attachment-disturbed children for almost two decades. She is co-owner of A Healing Place, a private practice in Columbia, Maryland, since 2007.

At the beginning of her career, Kate found that while some children responded to traditional child therapy practices, there were a significant number of children who showed little or no improvement in their overall emotional well-being. This led her to seek out specialized training to learn more about attachment, the bond between parents and children, and found that by using attachment-based strategies in addition to treating trauma, even the most challenging children and their parents,  saw major, life-changing shifts, not only for the children she was working with, but the parents as well.

Early in her career, Kate was privileged to work as the clinical director for Tamar’s Children, a program that took pregnant, incarcerated women from prison to a treatment facility that worked on teaching the women to bond with and attach to their babies, while also helping the women to heal their own broken attachments, and history of trauma and addiction. This program was internationally recognized for having a successful, evidence-based practice using an attachment-based model. From working with some of the most severely disenfranchised parents, Kate received important information about how to help all parents maintain a happy, healthy relationship with their children.

In 2007, Kate co-founded A Healing Place, a mental health private group practice in Columbia, Maryland, where she focuses on working with families with children who have a history of trauma and/or attachment disturbances. A board certified supervisor, Kate has been an invited presenter to teach continuing education courses for other social workers and psychologists. In her courses, Kate teaches attachment-building techniques and presents about her sub-specialty, working with families headed by gay and lesbian parents. Kate has also worked as a trainer for Building Families for Children, a therapeutic foster care agency.

Kate is a former board member for the organization COLAGE, a non-profit group that works toward community building for people with gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender parents. She is currently a member of Attachment Disorders Maryland, a group that works to educate parents and professionals about working with children with attachment related issues. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and Educator.

Kate lives in Columbia, Maryland is the mother of two amazing daughters, the partner to a fantastic husband, and the daughter of one mother and two gay dads. She loves to read any book that crosses her path, write (of course), and she recently started dancing again, a passion she has had since her youth.

Kate can be reached by email: for questions or you can find her on Facebook:!/Help4yourfamily.


  1. Kate
    Thanks for following the blog, I hope you enjoy the work.

    Comment by redwheelbarrow1957 | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  2. I just found your site. I am a therapist in VA and I look forward to following your blog 🙂

    Comment by Seasonsgirl | April 2, 2012 | Reply

    • @ seasonsgirl- Wonderful! I hope you find it to be a good resource. Welcome and thank you for following me 🙂

      Comment by help4yourfamily | April 2, 2012 | Reply

  3. Kate, this blog looks great. There is a lot of good info here for both clinicians and parents. I am a psychologist also in Maryland and I plan to be a regular follower or your blog.

    Comment by David Gold, Ph.D. | April 18, 2012 | Reply

  4. Just hello! Listening to you on Hay House Radio. Go Girl! Ann

    Comment by Ann | May 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Aww, thanks 🙂

      Comment by help4yourfamily | May 3, 2012 | Reply

  5. Just heard you on Hay House. Thanks for being open to sharing. I sometimes feel the same way about my blog. Yours looks great! I subscribe via email. 🙂

    Wishing you much success!
    Lanie J.

    Comment by Lanie | May 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you so much- what is your blog so I can check it out?

      Comment by help4yourfamily | May 3, 2012 | Reply

      • I would love to have you drop by. 🙂

        Comment by Lanie | May 4, 2012

      • Actually, after writing that I realized I could just click on your name and got to your site right away- now I’m signed up as a follower. It is a lovely site. Thanks 🙂

        Comment by help4yourfamily | May 4, 2012

  6. Dear Kate, I just heard you on Hayhouse. It was a wonderful! A heartfelt share of your new Blog and fears. I could so relate to almost everything you said and are feeling. I do not have a blog , a coach or mentor. I have been looking to start a “Support Group” locally for womem in transition, reinvention and discovery. We are constantly evolving. My passions a year ago have been re-arranged . I still love all of them. I’m just trying to re-prioritize the things I love more today than 5 years ago. My biggest challange is trying to decide which direction will best serve me? I need to turn it over (faith without works is dead). My greatest obsticle is fear. However, my biggest concern at 55 is that I have worn many hats. As a result, I am not taken serious by many un-like minded friends and family as it is “what are you up to now”! I am a widow of 15 years, w/ two young adult sons. If you have not walked the mile as with any life experience, you are not in a position to know the path. I have learned over the years to not let others judgements alter my passion …. ( all of them:)
    My Mother use to say, “Stop making trouble”, as a child. I am not rebelious , yet I don’t follow others that are not in a healthy path. I am accountable and teach that to my two son’s. Integerity is huge.
    In closing I want to share a quote.
    “Nothing happens until something moves” . -Albert Einstien
    Life is not a compitition, there is pleny for everyone. Sucess should be a golbal achievment. Grow as you go. Otherwise, life will take a ver long time to catch up to.
    Cheers Bella Mia, ti amo, Karina Giovannelli
    PS . I would love to be spiritual running buddies, as well as any of your Sisters who wish to collaboorate. We are all in this together and you are truly beautiful. I can feel it even over the airwaves:)

    Comment by Karina | May 3, 2012 | Reply

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a sweet, thoughtful response 🙂 I would love to be spiritual running buddies and collaborate. If you email me at work: we can talk more about ways we can work together.

    Comment by help4yourfamily | May 3, 2012 | Reply

  8. Hi! I just heard you on Hay House. Your blog looks so resourceful. Thank you for the great work you are doing!

    Comment by Briana | May 4, 2012 | Reply

  9. I love your blog, so I nominated you for the Liebster award. Check it out at

    Comment by unhappymommy | June 8, 2012 | Reply

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