About Katie Demmler

Katie has been with YMCA Youth & Family Services since 2006. She began her career with the Y as an intern with the Healthy Start Building Bridges Program. In 2007, she became mental health clinician with the TIDES program. After 5 years with TIDES, Katie became the Program Director for the MHSA Innovations After-School Inclusion Program. In 2015 Katie became the Program Director for TIDES and Building Bridges.

Experienced with both mental health and social service programs, her primary goal is to help people in need and to address social, emotional and behavior problems for individuals, families and groups through psychotherapy and behavior modification. As a clinician, Katie recognizes the importance of human relationships within an individual's family system and seeks to enhance clients' capacity and opportunity to change and address their own needs.

With experience providing mental health services in schools, Katie believes it is vital to serve as a link between students' families and the school, working with parents, guardians, teachers, and other school officials to ensure that students reach their academic and personal potential. Katie also has experience with administration/management work within the TIDES program, and has a firm grasp on county policies and procedures, as well as paperwork and documentation.

Katie earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. In her second year, she chose the concentration of children and families, with electives in mental health. Her sub-concentration was in school social work, and she earned a pupil personnel service credential (PPS).

Katie has experience working with children, adolescents, couples, families and groups with social, emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms. Katie was licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in September, 2011 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

In her current role, Katie oversees clinical services offered to youth and their families with the goals of: ensuring client safety within the home and school setting, preventing juvenile and unlawful behavior, enhancing school performance, and improving/supporting mental health functioning for clients and families.