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    Kathy Richardson, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Headshot of Kathy Richardson. She is white with brunette hair.

    Dr. Kathy Richardson is a native of South Jersey who has lived in Lancaster, PA since 2001.  She has worked in social services for over 20 years in a variety of roles including a case manager for people living with HIV and AIDS, an in-home counselor working with families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and as a school based therapist in the Harrisburg City public school district. 

    In addition, she spent many years working as a clinical therapist and supervisor in community mental health, supervising a number of new graduates through the licensure process.  She is currently working in a private practice where she sees children as young as 2 years old along with teenagers, adults, couples, and families.  She has taught at the graduate level at as both a Teaching Assistant at Loyola University Maryland and as an Adjunct at Shippensburg University.

    Dr. Richardson is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor and incorporates expressive and play therapies into all areas of her work.  She adheres to a Humanistic approach to treatment, viewing clients as whole persons: mind/body/spirit, rather than a sum of their symptoms.  A long-time adherent of Trauma Informed Care, she is passionate about this way of working with others and advocates for community systems of care to respond in a more trauma-sensitive manner.

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    Educational Background

    • PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision; Pastoral Counseling focus
      • Loyola University
    • MA, Counseling
      • Montclair State University
    • BA, English
      • University of Connecticut

     Professional Certification and Licensure

    • Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor (RPT-S): March 2011
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): January 2005
    • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)): October 2004

    Professional Organizations

    • American Counseling Association (ACA)
    • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
    • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
    • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)


    • Fenzel, L.M., & Richardson, K.D. (2018). Use of out-of-school time with urban young adolescents: A critical component of successful NativityMiguel schools. The Journal of the International Society for Educational Planning, 25, 25-32.
    • Fenzel, LM, & Richardson, K.D. (2019) Supporting continued academic success, resilience, and agency of boys in urban Catholic alternative middle schools. Journal of Catholic Education, 22, 1-23.
    • Walsh, D., Richardson, K.D., Tyslova, M., Guri, W., Brown, I.T., & O’Grady, K.A. (2020). The death of an academic department: Senselosing and sacred loss. (Awaiting publication in the Journal of Catholic Education; 2020 publication was delayed due to COVID 19).