Kayti Protos, DSW, LCSW, is a Doctor of Social Work and Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. She brings over 15 years clinical experience to her role as Clinical Coordinator at Bucks Support Services. Dr. Kayti earned her DSW from Rutgers School of Social Work, focusing her research on the experience of gender diverse clients with eating disorders. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Tennessee State University and holds a B.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Kayti specializes in working with teens and adults who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as those navigating recovery from trauma, eating disorder, and substance use disorders. She follows a social justice oriented, anti-oppressive framework, featuring an empowerment, strengths-based approach complimented by experience in motivational interviewing, systems theory, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), experiential and creative modalities, feminist and queer theory, and psychodynamic therapy. She believes in fostering mutually-empowering relationships with clients that assist in supporting them through their personal journeys and encouraging them to access their inner strength and capacity for change. Dr. Kayti strives to offer unconditional positive regard and compassion to her clients. In the words of Dr. Gabor Maté, “Only when compassion is present will people allow themselves to see the truth.”
Dr. Kayti has experience working in various levels of treatment throughout her career, including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. She started her career engaging in crisis intervention and support services for individuals impacted by power-based personal violence, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and identity-based hate crimes and harassment. She is EMDR-trained and utilizes a trauma-informed approach to all therapeutic modalities. Check out her CV for more information about her experience over time.
Dr. Kayti is a community organizer, scholar, and speaker at professional and community-based events. She is the co-author of A Clinicians Guide to Gender Identity and Body Image: Practical Support for Working with Transgender and Gender Expansive Clients. She has presented on the following topics: working with LGBTQ+ client communities; intersection of eating disorder and substance use disorders; creating an environment for change in young adult treatment; power-based personal violence; bystander intervention; and how to help a friend with an eating disorder. Additionally, Dr. Kayti provides supervision and consultation to newer professionals working in the field.
I am a queer white woman and cisgender ally to the transgender and gender diverse community. I am a person in recovery from an eating disorder, and an advocate for improving access to eating disorder treatment for members of marginalized communities. I am a proud cat-mom to three fur-children: Raven, Saffi, and Aya.
I am a self-proclaimed foodie that loves to cook, bake, and try local restaurants. Outside of the kitchen, I love engaging in fantasy and the creative worlds of Dungeons & Dragons, rereading the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, and watching magic-based television shows. I am at my happiest when I am surrounded by Nature – either deep in the forest filled with earthy smells and rocks to climb, or staring at the horizon while listening to the ocean waves crash to shore.