Kay Cherryholmes, LMSW

kay-cherryholmesKay earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University. She is a member of Phi Gamma Mu Honor Society, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and is an alumnus with the National Committee of US & China Relations (NCUSCR). As a professional fellow with NCUSCR, she collaborated with Chinese social workers to open a dialogue around social work practices for juvenile offenders within the Chinese juvenile offender system.

Kay has experience with a broad range of clients. She has served as an International Tracing Specialist with the American Red Cross, where she worked with families separated by war or political conflict. She has served the needs of military families, helping to bridge communication between the family and service members stationed abroad.  While working at the Department of Children and Family Services, Kay was responsible for case management, providing valuable assistance to families with truancy patterns. Most recently, she has worked with children and families involved in foster care. This included serving as a part of the Family Preservation Team, conducting in-home therapy with clients. She then transitioned to the ‘KidZone,’ which allowed Kay to address daily needs of foster children between the ages of 10 and 18.

Kay will approach her work with you from a person-centered approach, utilizing your strengths and individual perspectives as a part of the therapeutic process. Other techniques, such as solution focused therapy and cognitive behavior therapy(CBT) will be employed to meet the unique circumstances of each individual client. Kay’s focus is upon clients 8 years of age and older, presenting a variety of issues that include:  grief, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, parenting and self-esteem concerns. As you seek therapy, Kay is prepared to meet you wherever you are. She will help you establish a base of wellness so that you can build and better maintain healthy relationships.

Kay has a passion for helping individuals work with circumstances that initially feel overwhelming, striving to create a safe and solid personal space, and then using that space to enhance growth and resilience. She routinely draws from her decades of personal and professional experience when aiding her clients. Kay continues to be actively involved in her field, providing motivational speaking on self-awareness, encouraging each person to challenge personal fears and live outside of one’s comfort zone as they progress on the journey toward wellness.

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