Katrena Hart MS, LPC-S, CBT, ATA, CETT, TEP is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Supervisor (LPC-S) in private practice in Allen, Texas. She is a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT) and serves on the board for the Dallas Society of Bioenergetic Analysis as well as on the training committee. She is an Advanced Training Analyst (ATA) as a bioenergetic clinician. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is also trained in Dr. Steven Vasquez’s ETT light box therapy (CETT). She is a Practitioner & Trainer of Psychodrama (TEP) and a trained Mediator. She is the Founder of Bridging Harts Psychodrama Training Institute & Psychotherapy.
Katrena’s training in Psychodrama began in 1994 under Doctors Mort and Dorothy Satten. She has trained with Zerka Moreno, Terry Rustin, and many more renowned Psychodramatists. She has led personal growth weekends using psychodrama and has taught psychodrama to many clinical agencies, universities, and to many of her own students. She has created an energetic and thriving psychodrama training program. Her students are an advanced and creative group of individuals who have committed to the psychodramatic process and have created a supportive and loving community of professionals.
Katrena explores with each client a variety of tools depending on the personality of the client and the desired focus of the session. She is creative and energetic and is willing to take risks with each client to help them rediscover their true potential.
Katrena is also a mom of two growing and active boys. She and her husband, Chris, are raising their children as working parents. This helps her to understand the rigors and struggles of creating a life of balance and connection.
She has experience working with adults, couples, and teens struggling with the following issues:
Katrena graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Psychology. She graduated, also with honors, from Texas Woman’s University with an MS in Counseling and Development. She has worked for The Family Place Domestic Violence Center and Nexus Chemical Dependency Center.
"Having had limited success with previous counselors, I have found tremendous benefit to my personal growth working with Katrena. She has the ability and experience to try varying techniques and methods to work with me for my greatest benefit whether using psychodrama, bioenergetics, ETT, talk therapy, or a variety of other methods. I can't imagine doing the deep personal work that I have done over the past several years with anyone other than Katrena Hart."
-Female Client, age 40
"I can not put into words the huge amount of progress I have made working with Katrena as a client. To be successful in therapy the client must be willing to do the work and also have a therapist that has already done their work. It obvious that Katrena has done her own work and it shows in how she presents herself as a therapist. She is creative, supportive, understanding, grounded and centered. After working with Katrena for a few years, I realized she is one of the top therapist practicing in the United States."
"Katrena Hart is truly one of the best clinicians in the Metroplex. Her knowledge of her craft and her skillful delivery assist clients in meeting their needs in an efficient and effective manner. She has a witty personality and genuine concern for the growth of her clients. If you are looking for a counselor to assist you in dealing with personal and/or relationship issues, I highly recommend Katrena Hart."
- Dr. Ken Bateman
"Katrena Hart not only has a compassionate heart, but a high level of therapeutic knowledge that extends far beyond that of most therapists. Her skills include a diverse array of powerful methods which allows her to custom tailor her methods to each client."
- Steven Vazquez, PhD // Author of: Emotional Transformation Therapy - An Interactive Ecological Psychotherapy
Katrena Hart is a CBT (Certified Bioenergetic Therapist). She trained under the Dallas Society for Bioenergetics. She is a member of the Board for the Dallas Society for Bioenergetics. She is also on the training committee of the Dallas Society for Bioenergetics.
Katrena is skilled to offer individual Bioenergetic psychotherapy as well as Bioenergetic group psychotherapy.
Katrena has a passion for teaching and can share more information to your agency or company on how bioenergeitcs can help each member to be more present, grounded, and allows the group to function better as a whole.
"As a teacher, once in awhile you experience a student you know is "going to get it and go far", this was my experience of Katrena Hart when she joined the Dallas Society Bioenergetic Training Program, I knew she was going to be an Excellent Bioenergetic Therapist and she is! She is very knowledgeable about Bioeneregetic Analysis, professional in her manner and has extensive background and training in Psychology. I highly recommend her! If you're looking for a therapist, this is a lady to see!"
- Eleanor A. Greenlee, MFC, CBT
International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis Faculty Coordinating Trainer, Dallas Society for Bioenergetic Analysis
"Katrena Hart, LPC, CBT, trained under me in the training program of the Dallas Society for Bioenergetic Analysis. As a supervisor, I also have observed her working with clients. Given these opportunities to observe and evaluate her, I believe Katrena to be an knowledgeable, insightful, and caring psychotherapist."
- Chuck Lustfield, LPC, CBT
International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis Faculty Director of Training, Dallas Society for Bioenergetic Analysis
The shell, in Bioenergetic terms, represents defenses. The postures shown are actual Bioenergetic exercises. The process illustrated is one of learning to have choice of using one's defenses or not, as well as depicting the relief experienced when one is free from defensive 'structures.' The cartoon also illustrates how the client, leaving the office after Bioenergetic analysis, feels empowered by the freedom to use the historic defensive response to a situation, or some new alternative. Bioenergetic Analysis offers choices, not simply a new rigid way of being.
This cartoon was created by an artist unidentified, so all rights belong to the artist of this cartoon. For more information about the Dallas Bioenergetic Training program go to: www.bioenergetics-dallas.com
Bioenergetics is a way of understanding personality in terms of the body and its energetic processes. These processes, namely, the production of energy through respiration and metabolism and the discharge of energy in movement, are the basic functions of life. How much energy one has and how one uses his energy determine how one responds to life situations. Obviously, one can cope more effectively if one has more energy, which can be freely translated into movement and expression.
Bioenergetics is also a form of therapy that combines work with the body and the mind to help people resolve their emotional problems and realize more of their potential for pleasure and joy in living. A fundamental thesis of bioenergetics is that body and mind are functionally identical; that is, what goes on in the mind reflects what is happening in the body and vice versa.
As we all know, mind and body can influence each other. What one thinks can affect how one feels. The converse is equally true. This interaction, however, is limited to the conscious or superficial aspects of the personality. On a deeper level, that is, on the unconscious level, both thinking and feeling are conditioned by energy factors.
The energetic processes of the body are related to the state of aliveness of the body. The more alive one is, the more energy one has and vice versa. Rigidity or chronic tension diminishes one’s aliveness and decreases one’s energy. At birth, an organism is in its most alive, most fluid state; at death, rigidity is total, rigor mortis. We cannot avoid the rigidity due that comes with age. What we can avoid is the rigidity due to chronic muscular tensions resulting from unresolved emotional conflicts.
Every stress produces a state of tension in the body. Normally the tension disappears when the stress is relived. Chronic tensions, however, persist after the provoking stress has been removed as an unconscious bodily attitude or muscular set. Such chronic muscular tensions disturb emotional health by decreasing an individual’s energy, restricting his mobility (the natural spontaneous play and movement of the musculature), and limiting his self-expression. It becomes necessary then to relieve this chronic tension if the person is to regain his full aliveness and emotional well-being.
The following is how my journey has directed me to this place of becoming a bioenergetic therapist as will as an advocate for the Dallas Society for Bioenergetics. Written by Katrena Hart January 2007.
I stumbled into Bioenergetics after experiencing some Rolfing therapy. I decided to join the training program for one year to see what I thought, as the concepts seemed quite interesting. The first year I was involved, I thought you must be kidding; I cannot do this and was not sure I would be able to do this unique type of body work. The second year I was in the program, I became acutely aware that my involvement would allow people in the program to see me in a very vulnerable way and that was scary for me to allow myself to be “seen” in such an intimate way. The third year I was hooked--this method had changed my way of being in the world. I was still quite nervous to be so vulnerable with my peers and at the same time relieved to have been understood at such a deep nonverbal level. I began to feel my aliveness on an intense level during the trainings and in a way reclaimed my body and my life. The fourth year I became very excited about bioenergetics and this method became a practice of my lifestyle. I wanted to share it with anyone who would listen. My clients seemed to progress rapidly as a result of the Bioenergetic therapy we were doing. My clients who had many hours of cognitive therapy for their anxiety and depression were easily able to implement these new skills into their life and see improvement. During an age where medication seems to be the method of choice, bioenergetics allows a more holistic approach to the mental health world. My fifth and final year of training towards becoming a certified Bioenergetic therapist was the year it all came together for me. I could see my clients through a very new light and my own personal work came into clearer focus allowing to me to be more present with myself.
After completing the training program in 2004, I transitioned into working with the board and the training committee. I wanted to help spread the word about this fantastic method and wanted others to use these skills.
I use bioenergetics with many clients and find it to be very useful. I am including on this website three separate opportunities for you to download an auditory grounding session. While Bioenergetic therapy is so much more than what you will hear, it will give you a taste of allowing your body to calm down and feel a bit more grounded. Please use them as tools as frequently as you like and if you have more questions, please feel free to contact me.
This is a powerful model of therapy which was developed in the 1990's by Steven R. Vazquez, PhD. This is a cutting edge approach to psychotherapy. This approach uses colors, peripherial eye movements, as well as specific technique in how each client attaches to themselves, others, and the issues with which they are confronted.
Katrena has been level 3 trained and has been using this method under supervision over the past year. She has found it to be much quicker and more effective than EMDR with her clients.
There are 4 specific modalities that can be used depending on the issue being confronted in therapy:
This method has shown effective on issues such as:
There are also specific treatments for using the method with:
More reading on ETT:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
"EMDR assists survivors in the immediate aftermath of violent trauma by breaking through the walls of denial, shock, grief and anger. Ideal for those who have been unable to forget past traumatic life events, as it allow for a rapid processing of even deeply rooted memories, giving individuals back control of their lives and their emotions."
- Dusty Bowencamp, RN CTR
Disaster Mental Health, American Red Cross
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
-from the EMDRIA website
Does EMDR work?
Approximately 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies. Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.
-from the EMDRIA website
*For more information about EMDR click here.
*For more information about EMDRIA click here.
Katrena Hart is trained as a supervisor for LPC intern candidates working towards their 3000 hours. She shares with her interns her skills as a bioenergetic therapist and a psychodramatist. Her interns often have opportunities to run groups with her, as well as see clients within her private practice.
Each candidate must complete the Supervisory Agreement form. You may download it here.
At the end of your supervision, you must fill our the Supervision Experience Documentation Form and send it to the board. You may download it here.
Each LPC intern candidate must abide by and follow all of the LPC ethics. You may download them here.
Please contact Katrena at (972) 562-2002 ext 3 or by email to schedule an appointment to be considered for a position as one of her LPC interns.