About Kathy Sarin

Hello! I’m Kathy Sarin. I’ve been working in mental health for many years. I have the following degrees and designations: MA, Ed.S, EMDR certified, National Certified Counselor, licensed Mental Health Counselor, certificated School Psychologist and School Counselor.

I work with adults and adolescents on issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma.

I earned my BA in Developmental Psychology at Central Washington University. For 10 years I worked for a community mental health agency, with a focus on families and adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system. Through this work, I learned about school psychology and saw how important the school system could be in the lives of these teens.

I went back to school and earned my Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and a Master’s degree in School Counseling at Seattle University.  Since 1998, I have been working in schools in various capacities, including:

  • Behavior Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • District Lead Psychologist
  • District Special Education Evaluation Compliance Lead
  • District 504 Coordinator
  • Bullying Response Lead

I continue to work in the schools for part of my week as a school psychologist and behavior specialist.

I’ve added individual therapy into my work life through a small private practice. I love the connection I have with my clients, and watching them heal and move on is my ultimate goal. In my practice

Events/Trainings by Kathy Sarin

May 9, 2022

Northwest College, PsyD in Counseling Psychology Program
Functional Behavior Analysis: Useful assessments for determining the function of behavior at the individual, family, classroom and school level. Behavior pathways case study.

May 17, 2021
Northwest College, PsyD in Counseling Psychology Program
Functional Behavior Analysis: Useful assessment for determining the function of behavior including checklists, observations, interviews, team protocols and standardized scales.

May 16, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ryther Aspiring Youth Speaker Series, Seattle WA
Executive Function Difficulties. Strategies, ideas, and developing helpful habits through routines.

March 26, 2018 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Everett School District Special Education PTSA
Understanding your child’s evaluation, and the impact of executive functioning deficits on school performance.

May 3, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ryther Aspiring Youth Speaker Series, Seattle WA
Helping your kiddo with homework, arrgh! Strategies, ideas, and venting.

May 21, 2018 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Northwest College, Kirkland WA
A behavior case study: The impact of specific mental health issues on school functioning.

August 20, 2018 | Full Day training
Eastmont School District, Wenatchee WA 
Executive Functioning in the classroom. How to teach, scaffold and support students with ADHD and high functioning autism in the classroom

September 24, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Bothell Public Library – a free offering!  
Gifted and unique: Navigating the adolescent years.

October 3, 2018 |6:30 – 7:30
Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma WA  
Homework Survival Strategies: The developmental continuum of homework independence – how much should parents help?

November 5, 2018 |7:00 – 9:00 pm
2e Seattle, Cascadia Elementary School
Twice exceptional students: special issues in executive functioning, perfectionism and mental health – How parents and schools can help.

Other professional activities:

  • June 2017 – Co-facilitator: social emotional learning curriculum adoption committee for Edmonds School District culminating in recommendations to the school board.
  • May 2017 – Guest Lecturer: Northwest University – Behavior Consultation in the Schools
  • March 2015 – Guest lecturer: Northwest University – School Assessment.
  • October 2014 – Panelist: WAFEAST  Annual Conference  “504/ADA: School Food Allergy Management.”
  • October 2012 – Presenter: Seattle Children’s Hospital – “Collaborating for Effective Health Planning-Implementing 504 Support for Students with Special Health Care Needs.” 
  • February 2010 – Guest Lecturer: University of Washington, Tacoma – Collaboration with parents and other professionals, issues and challenges
  • July 2009 – Guest Lecturer: University of Washington, Tacoma – Understanding and interpretation of standard scores.
  • February 2008 – Panel Member: Seattle University – Perspectives on current issues in School Psychology.


  • “Resource Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities: Understanding ADA, Section 504, IDEA and IEP.” Community for Online Schools, March 2018. Find the guide here.
  • Sarin, K (February 2015). Adapt individual health plan process to meet Section 504 requirements. LRP, Special Ed Connection.
  • “How to Gather Information for 504 Eligibility.” LRP Publications, October 2014.
  • Feuerborn, L., Sarin, K., & Tyre, A. (April 2011). RTI in secondary schools: Implications for professional development. Principal Leadership, 50-54.

Education & Certifications:

State of Washington: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH61090649)-2020

Western Governors University: Endorsement – Educational Leadership (School Principal Certification)-2016

Seattle University:

  • Educational Specialist (Ed.S), School Psychologist-1998
  • Master of Arts (MA), School Counselor-1998

Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health: Child Mental Health Specialist-1991

Central Washington University: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Developmental Psychology (cum laude), 1989