Mary Kate Sperduto, MS (She/Her)
Mary Kate believes that humans are inherently good and capable of change. Further, all people deserve opportunities to achieve their own definition of wellness. As a counselor, Mary Kate orients treatment from a relational lens, believing that people yearn for connection and heal in relationship. Using unconditional warmth and collaboration, her clinical focus centers on authenticity and empowerment, self-esteem and self-trust, trauma-related issues, family dynamics, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and fostering relationship to self and others. In addition, Mary Kate enjoys supporting the LGBTQ+ community as well as those exploring their gender identity.
Mary Kate works with adult individuals and couples, applying a person-centered approach. This style facilitates insight and awareness in a safe, compassionate, and honoring therapeutic environment. Viewing the client in context, Mary Kate strives to work from a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, systematic lens. She supports all ethnicities, incomes, gender identities, abilities, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations, and family make-ups (blended, foster, biological, LGBTQQ, monogamous, and polyamorous). Evidenced-based practices applied in her work include Relational Cultural Theory, PACT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivation Interviewing (MI), and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Mary Kate incorporates other holistic treatment interventions such as mindfulness and somatic experiencing, exploring parts of self, diversifying coping skills, enhancing communication, emotional regulation, and relational competency.
Mary Kate holds a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Oregon State University-Cascades and is on the trajectory to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon. She previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Prescott College, completing a double major in psychology and human rights. Mary Kate is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In addition, Mary Kate has ten years of experience employed in wilderness therapy, residential treatment, and community mental health. Her history consists of working with adolescents and young adults addressing trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, substance use, inter-intrapersonal conflict, gender identity, sexual orientation, and family work.
Born and raised in Chicago, at a young age Mary Kate fell in love with the West and is pleased to now call it home. She first migrated to northern Arizona to attend Prescott College and would remain in the Southwest for several years. Now as a Bend resident, outside of work, Mary Kate finds ways to explore the Pacific Northwest, often through camping, biking, backpacking, seeing music, drinking good coffee, reading and enjoying her community. You will find her pup, Sunny, tagging along on these exciting adventures.