Behavioral Health Counselor
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- M.A., Counseling, West Virginia University
- B.A., Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Kathy Servian is the Behavioral Health Counselor for the WVU College of Law. She offers short term counseling, case management, consultation and outreach services to law school students Tuesday through Friday by appointment. She uses evidence-based theories including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) approaches to help students understand the connections between thoughts, actions and feelings and to manage emotional distress in a safe and non-judgmental way. Kathy's goal is to help students address overall wellness concerns and to develop healthy ways to reduce any symptoms that are interfering with the ability to complete daily life tasks.
Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (Level II). She obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology in 1999 from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in Counseling from West Virginia University in 2006. She has more than 23 years of experience working in the mental health field, initially with adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities then with client’s experiencing acute crisis, needing inpatient hospitalization, addiction specific treatment and/or DUI education.
Kathy completed her internship at WVU Medicine-Chestnut Ridge Center in their partial hospitalization program and continued in that treatment setting for another 15 years. She has provided individual and group therapy to client's experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, relationship problems, substance use and gambling addiction.
In her role at WVU Medicine, Kathy has supervised clinical staff as well as graduate counseling, social work and psychology trainees. She has also has experience providing clinical supervision to provisionally licensed counselors in West Virginia. She is a international certified gambling counselor and has been helping people with problem gambling as an active clinician with The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia since 2014.
Kathy is originally from West Chester, PA, a borough located within the Philadelphia metropolitan area. She has lived in West Virginia for 22 years and has made the Mountain State her home. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, listening to music, and attending or watching sporting events.