Katrina Velasquez

Professional Counselor Intern



Katrina Velasquez, therapist in Philadelphia with brown hair and brown eyes. Katrina is wearing white shirt with a purple blazer and a nose ring. Katrina is looking at the camera smiling in an office at The Better You Institute with a shelf and light in the background.

Katrina Velasquez


Katrina is an intern student from Temple University working towards hours for graduating from a Masters in Counseling Psychology program. She is supervised by Caitlin Siekerka, LPC, and receives classroom consultations through Temple University.

Therapists Philadelphia

I have always been passionate about self-discovery and exploration. Through my own experiences of going to therapy as a young adult, I became interested in becoming a therapist to help others along their healing journey. I have always been a good listener to others and I have been told that I create a welcoming environment that makes others feel safe to share their feelings.

I approach therapy through an intersectional lens because intersectionality is complex and multilayered, and so are you. An intersectional lens enables me to work collaboratively with individuals to explore the multiple identities and factors that influence a person’s psychological health and well-being such as race, sexuality, disability, gender, and more. As a Black and queer individual, I provide an affirming space for all, and I am committed to anti-oppressive and trauma-informed therapy.

Through my past experiences as a case manager for adults and a social worker for foster children, I have gained a deeper understanding of the therapeutic process. My experiences have shown me repeatedly that therapy is much more than applying clinical principles and methods. To me, therapy is about building a therapeutic relationship with clients centered on empathy and unconditional positive regard to enable healing and growth.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development from the University at Albany. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. Along with providing services at The Better You Institute, I serve as the Gender & Sexuality Inclusion Extern for Temple’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion where I plan and execute projects to increase the visibility and support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Schedule of Availability:

Tuesday: 9-3p in-office or virtual

Wednesday: 3-8p in-office or virtual

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