Kaitlin Paxton-Ward MSW, LMSW

Kaitlin P. Ward PhD, LMSW – Ann Arbor


Children, Adolescents, Adults, Symptoms/Disorders Treated & Areas of Special Interest, Parenting Issues, Family Issues, Trauma and Abuse, Abuse and Neglect, Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Survivors of Physical Abuse, Survivors of Government-Sanctioned Torture, Sex Trafficking Survivors, Human Trafficking Survivors, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Blended Family Issues, Single Parenting, ADD/ADHD, Anger, Adjustment Issues, Co Dependency, Cancer and Critical Illness, Anxiety/Panic/Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Self-Esteem Issues, Behavioral Problems, Oppositional/Defiant Behaviors, Bullying, Divorce Recovery, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Faith Transitions, Social problems, Marital Counseling, Women’s Issues, Gender-Based Violence, LGBTQ+ Empowerment


I have a passion for helping people navigate the most difficult parts of life’s circumstances. I hold a Joint PhD in Social Work and Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. My clinical training is rooted in culturally informed trauma treatment. I’ve helped survivors across the gender spectrum heal from sexual and physical abuse of many different types and complexities. I am also trained in child and family therapy, and help children and adolescents with a range of emotional and behavioral issues, and help improve family functioning across many different family types, including families navigating conflict, divorce, adoption, foster care, remarriage, or separation. My academic research centers on effective non-aggressive parental discipline strategies across countries and cultures; therefore, in my practice, I empower parents with evidence-based techniques they can use to correct child misbehavior, encourage socioemotional development, and strengthen parent-child relationships. I also help children, adolescents, and adults navigate difficult life transitions, such as navigating a faith transition, coping with a critical illness diagnosis, or dealing with the loss of a loved one. My practice is LGBTQ+ affirming, anti-oppressive, equity-minded, inclusive, and committed to providing culturally affirming care to all.

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