Kay Watt, MAPC, LPC-S, CEDS has had a passion for DBT since she first was introduced to it in 2002. She is intensively trained by Behavioral Tech in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and intensively trained in Radically Open DBT (RO DBT) by originator Tom Lynch, PhD. She has also received training in DBT exposure therapy for PTSD.
Kay is a graduate of The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX. and holds a combination degree in theology and counseling. In addition to her post-licensure training in DBT and RO DBT she has received supervision in both Cognitive Behavior Therapy and classic Psychodynamic Therapy and completed an intensive training on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Kay also completed an additional two-year internship with women awaiting trial in solitary confinement at the Bexar County Detention Center.
Immediately following licensure Kay was employed as a therapist at the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health. After serving there almost 4 years she established a thriving private practice and then in 2007 Kay co-founded the Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio (EDCASA). EDCASA provided partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care for patients with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. In 2014 EDCASA was acquired by Eating Recovery Center, a national organization based in Denver, Colorado. Kay continued to serve as Co-Executive Director of Eating Recovery Center San Antonio until April of 2016.
Kay has now returned to private practice and is enjoying a slower pace of work.
Kay is a licensed supervisor for L.P.C.’s and a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders where she served as co-chair for the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Special Interest Group. She has obtained credentialing as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) from the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She is also a member of iaedp and a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Kay speaks on the local, national, and international level at conferences and to university, school, church, and civic audiences on such topics as Eating Disorder Prevention, Wise Mind Eating, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Parenting, and Spirituality.
Kay is active in the San Antonio community being selected in 2015 to be a part of the Master’s Leadership Program for San Antonio, a program that channels the expertise of proven leaders into meeting the needs of the community at the board level.