Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan, LCSW, LADC

Primary Therapist, Social Worker

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan, LCSW, LADC

Primary Therapist, Social Worker

Kate exudes joy in her work expressing feeling enlivened as she collaborates with individuals in their unique recovery paths at Borden Cottage. As one of the program’s therapists, she is dually licensed in mental health and addiction treatment and brings almost fifteen years of expertise in supporting individuals in their discovery of wellness and recovery from addiction and mental illness. Kate provides individual and group therapies at Borden Cottage integrating evidence-based treatment including Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, outdoor experiential opportunities, Dialectical Behavioral informed treatment, and trauma informed care into her daily practice. Kate practices through a strengths-based lens and values the bridging of individuals to their loved ones and care providers as a key component to sustaining sobriety and wellness long after departing Borden Cottage. As such, when developing aftercare plans for each resident, Kate values collaborating with the robust multidisciplinary team at Borden Cottage along with community based providers, referral sources, interventionists, and loved ones of those admitted during a resident’s stay.

Since relocating to Maine from the Hamptons in New York and obtaining an MSW, Kate has an extensive arsenal of assessment, intervention, and aftercare planning skills cultivated through her experiences working in all levels of psychiatric care with individuals across the life span. She has provided individual and couples therapy in outpatient community based practices; delivered substance abuse counseling, relapse prevention, and recovery skills building for adults admitted to Intensive Outpatient Programs; supervised and provided crisis response in a State contracted program serving two counties; assisted in the integration of suicide risk assessment into a regional system of care; and provided therapy, family intervention, and aftercare planning on a locked inpatient psychiatric unit specializing in addiction with adults suffering from acute symptoms of substance use disorders and mental illness..

Kate shares her conviction that, “Connection and community building is the birthplace of recovery.” She states, “As a primary step when I begin partnering with residents of Borden Cottage, I endeavor to foster a sincere sense of safety and connection so that each individual feels cared for and begins to find healing through newfound and remembered learnings that they begin to practice during their stay. Building on that partnership, I value supporting each resident in their change process as they discover and create goals and hopes for their futures free from substance abuse and acute symptoms of mental illness. We do this in part by inviting opportunities to shed loneliness, shame, and fear as they journey with me and our team into early recovery. Being a part of that process on a daily basis with Borden Cottage residents…well that’s miraculous and the secret sauce of Borden Cottage. It’s what brings me joy in my work every day.”

When not working at Borden Cottage, Kate is active in Midcoast Maine valuing social connections and building community as she has served on community boards and currently on the board of a local trail running club. She is an outdoor ambassador for a local outdoor retail store and being a trail runner for over 25 years, Kate particularly loves running mountain trails.