Kathryn Klingle



I am an advanced clinical intern at Wildflower. As a therapist, I hope to collaborate with clients to create a space of exploration and play. I understand that starting or continuing therapy takes a lot of courage and that people may have had negative or even traumatic experiences with therapeutic institutions in the past. With this in mind, I take a person-centered, abolitionist approach, emphasizing clients’ self-determination and privileging their own goals and desires. I see my role as supporting you in building a more meaningful, satisfying life, as you define it.

My therapeutic approach is empathetic, nonjudgmental, and authentic. I aim to meet client’s needs by drawing from various evidence-based modalities and theoretical orientations. These include psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, relational-cultural theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In the past, I have worked with people experiencing eating concerns and disorders, anxiety, depression, and stress related to extreme circumstances. As a queer, non-binary clinician, I am also excited to work with people navigating their gender identity and/or sexuality and relationships of all kinds. I am interested in working with individuals as they navigate perinatal and reproductive mental health concerns and passionate about creating an inclusive space to explore these issues.

I have a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and am currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Before coming to Wildflower, I worked in community mental health as a recovery support specialist and a case manager. Because of this background, I approach my work with an intersectional lens and an understanding of the great impact systems and institutions have on individuals’ lives.

  • Supervised by: Danelle Rhoades, MA, LCPC, PMH-C

Selected Training & Affiliation

  • LGBTQ+ Affirming Services
  • Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Fellowship
  • Crisis Intervention and Safety Planning
  • Motivational Interviewing

Key Beliefs

  • Recovery is fluid and fluctuating.
  • If we can give ourselves permission to imagine other possibilities outside of capitalism, we can create them.
  • Therapy is one kind of healing and there are many ways of taking care of your mental and emotional health… many that you are probably already doing!

More About Me

  • I love climbing and biking. I also have a tuxedo cat named Henry who is the most wonderful being in the entire world.