Background and Credentials

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFTA, in the states of Washington (MG60698874) and New Mexico (0147931), and my private practice is Taproot Holistic Counseling. Prior to coming to New Mexico, I maintained a private practice in Seattle, WA as a Registered Counselor, from 1992 – 2011.

If you and I should work together, you can take confidence in my unique blend of formal education, experiences, and clinical training. Clients come from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds, from across the U.S. and Canada, and countries spanning four continents. So whatever your background, I believe you’ll feel welcome and comfortable in working with me.


• Master of Fine Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences – Systems Counseling, from the  Leadership Institute of Seattle/Bastyr University, 2006

• Bachelor of Music Education from Augustana College, 1975

Other areas of training and credentials

Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, AAMFT

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AAMFT Clinical Fellow

Certified Infant Massage Instructor, CIMI, International Association of Infant Massage, 1984.

Certified Cross-Cultural Music in Sound Healing Practitioner, CCMHP, Open Ear Institute, Bainbridge Is, WA, 2003.

I presented the following trainings on clinical application for music and sound with a colleague:

  • “Clinical Applications for Music and Sound Healing” continuing education course presented to staff at Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 2005 – 2006.
  • “Effects of Music and Imagery: Evidence Based Practice” presentation for NTI American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Convention, in New Orleans, LA, 2005.

Additional areas of training include:

• Attachment theory and bonding • parenting, mindfulness practices • hypnotherapy • caring for Alzheimer’s patient • grief • creativity • cross-cultural spiritual traditions

“My passion for service, family and relationships, healing, and the arts has allowed me to serve clients in amazing ways over the years. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you or your loved ones and would consider it an honor.” ~Kathleen Hill

Please call me with any questions you may have at: 505-490-2808