She/Her/HersLicensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Gretchen Kahre is a mental health counselor in Downtown Erie and works with individual adults. Many of Gretchen’s clients come in to address life transitions such as menopause, grief, anxiety and depression. Gretchen is particularly passionate about serving people who long to make sense of their present life situation or need help navigating transition and finding meaning. She also has advanced training in the area of anxiety, depression and loss.
Gretchen is steeped in Contemplative Psychotherapy utilizing mindfulness and psychodynamic approaches. Through this approach it is possible to identify the causes of suffering and how to alleviate them while also gaining an understanding of what leads to more happiness and fulfillment. In session, Gretchen may focus on grounding exercises to regulate the nervous system so that clients can relax. This process supports clients in accessing their own fundamental strength and resources.
Gretchen's style is warm, engaging and thoughtful. When clients first start therapy, they establish a predictable meeting routine in an uplifted environment where they feel heard and seen. In this way the therapeutic relationship deepens to enhance natural curiosity.
Gretchen received her MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. She has worked at Windhorse Community Services, where she counseled clients, supervised clinicians and clinical teams. Outside of private practice, she enjoys gardening, camping and walks with her dog, Nahla. Gretchen is offering remote therapy along with in person sessions following CDC guidelines during COVID-19.
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as menopause, moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 32 years
Self-employed , Mental Health Counselor, 2001 - Present
Windhorse Community Services, Psychotherapist/Supervisor, 1990 - 2021
Naropa University, MA Contemplative Psychotherapy, 1989
University of Colorado, BA Psychology, 1985