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, certificated School Psychologist, School Counselor, National Certified Counselor and licensed Mental Health Counselor

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 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

My goal has always been to work collaboratively with families to help their children succeed. 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 I work with adults and adolescents on issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma.

Events/Trainings by Kathy Sarin

  • 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