Kathleen Zachary, LCSW
Instructor, Psychiatry

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Graduate School :
  • MSW, Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis (2004)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Xavier University (OH) (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry

Professional Titles

  • Psychotherapist
  • Family Clinic Lead Clinician
  • Instructor, Program Implementation Administrator- Encompass/RRFT

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers, Member
  • Blue Sky Bridge Therapist Guild, Member
  • Aurora Partners for Thriving Youth, Coalition Member

Practice Locations

Department of Psychiatry - Faculty and Staff Mental Health
1890 N Revere Ct
Anschutz Health Sciences Bldg, Suite 5242
Aurora, CO 80045

Specialty Information

  • Psychiatry
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, Certificate (2023)
  • Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, Specialized Training (2023)
  • Gottman Method, Certificate (2023)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS), Specialized Training (2023)
  • Introduction to Mycology, Certificate (2023)
  • Medical Cannabis Education Certification for Health Care Providers, Certificate (2022)
  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Specialized Training (2022)
  • Motivational Interviewing, Specialized Training (2022)
  • Risk Reduction Through Family Therapy (RRFT), Specialized Training (2022)
  • Exposure Response and Prevention (ERP), Specialized Training (2021)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Specialized Training (2020)
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Certificate (2020)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Anxiety
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Bereavement
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Mood and Anxiety
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Depression
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Bipolar Disorder
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Panic Disorder
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Stress
Clinical Interests
My clinical interest include working with adolescents and their families who are experiencing Substance Use Disorders, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and Eating Disorders.

Care Philosophy
Overall, my personal philosophy of providing care begins and ends with the privilege of entering an individual’s experience along side them. I believe that therapy can be a pathway to growth and healing, it is an opportunity for the client to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a supportive and nurturing environment. I am passionate about providing the latest evidenced-based and trauma-informed intervention, education, skills, and empowerment to adolescents and their families. Through a strengths-based, client centered approach, I strive to empower clients to increase their sense of self efficacy and encourage clients to establish new, healthy patterns of behavior for achieving a more satisfying life that reflets the clients’ goals and values. My approach is trauma sensitive which means I have additional professional education and training specific to the unique needs of individuals who have experienced both chronic and acute trauma. The interventions I design are based on the individual needs of clients and their goals that we have established together. I integrate the most relevant evidenced based principles from TF-CBT, DBT, ERP, EFFT, RRFT, MST, family systems theory, attachment-based theory as well as motivational interviewing. To achieve optimal personal growth, each client’s ethical, cultural, racial, spiritual and sexual differences, and special needs must be considered throughout treatment.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy all of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. I love to hike, ski, bike and camp with family and friends. I am an avid reader, podcast enthusiast and consider myself a life long learner.

Volunteer Activities
I am passionate about supporting the underserved in our community. I am a CASA advocate and have volunteered at the Denver Rescue Mission, and DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation to help make the sport of hockey accessible to all children in Colorado who are interested. I am a member of the Aurora Partners for Thriving Youth Coalition that strives to provide solutions to the challenges youth are facing.

Public Speaking
I build relationships with community providers through presenting information about the programs we offer at the OPC ; specifically the Encompass program and the STAR Study. I have given presentations to over 30 stakeholder organizations both in person and virtually since starting my role in April of 2022.

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MSW, Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis (2004)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Xavier University (OH) (1995)
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Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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