“You also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”  —Oprah Winfrey

You are…

Stuck.
Overwhelmed.
Worried and filled with self-doubt.

I can help.

Meet Kathryn

Kathryn sits with her two dogs. Kathryn is an anxiety therapist in Birmingham, AL and owner of Empower Counseling.

The FUn Stuff

I love my dogs, Cooper and Otis. They are so funny. Cooper is a black Labrador Retriever and Otis is a chocolate Lab. Ever since Cooper was a small puppy, he would trot up to Otis and sit down on him, then slide down into the crook of Otis between his front legs and his back legs. Sometimes he just lays his head on top of Otis or Otis lays his head on Cooper.

I have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. You can imagine the dynamic.

If I could only choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be lobster. If I could choose a second food, it would be cashews.

One of my favorite movies ever is The Blind Side. I think it is a moving example of what can happen in the world when we listen to our hearts.

what sets me apart as a counselor in birmingham, al

An image of Kathryn Ely is shown. Kathryn Ely is a counselor in Birmingham, AL with Empower Counseling.  She offers anxiety therapy and online therapy for college students in Auburn, Alabama.

my approach as a counselor & anxiety therapist

With patience and compassion, we will begin therapy by asking what you want and need from your therapy. Then I only use effective evidence-based treatment to help you reach your counseling goals. My intent as your counselor is to help you reach, and even surpass, your therapy goals as quickly and as effectively as possible.

I work with clients who feel like you, find hope and break free from what has been keeping you stuck. Through ACT, not only do you become “unstuck”, you also learn exactly what direction you want to take in your life, and the actions that will get you there.

I am advanced trained in using Acceptance Commitment Therapy and specialize in working with individuals who seek counseling for:

“So come on let it go. Just let it be. Why don’t you be you and I’ll be me?”  —James Bay

Kathryn’s Education & Training

I am an Associate Licensed Counselor in Birmingham, Alabama. I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health and advanced training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). My educational background includes:

  • Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health from University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Law Degree (Juris Doctor) from University of Alabama
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College
  • UAB Community Counseling Clinic, a one year counseling internship

I have been fortunate to work with adolescents and adults of all ages, with varying issues and diagnoses, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideations

I use the same evidence-based advanced training in ACT to achieve success with my coaching clients that I use with my counseling clients.

Let’s Get To Work

I offer many services through online therapy in Alabama and in my Birmingham-based counseling clinic. My services include counseling for anxiety, depression, and technology use. I also work with college students at UofA and Auburn through online therapy. In addition, I work with teens and young adults. When you’re ready to get started, follow these steps:

1. Contact Empower Counseling and schedule your first appointment

2. Get to know your therapist

3. Start your journey to a more fulfilling life today and tackle the problems that are in your way.

A portrait of Kathryn Ely is shown. Kathryn is a counselor in Birmingham, AL and owner of Empower Counseling.