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Happy Hiking

Brené Brown

Owning your story is the bravest thing you'll ever do.



I’m Dr. Kate Bautch (she/they), a licensed clinical psychologist and trail guide for people whose identities and experiences fall outside of the status quo (queer, neurodiverse, chronically ill/disabled, ethically non-monogamous) and who need support navigating a path that is not the well-traveled trail of societal norms.  I offer in-person services in Sacramento, and virtual services throughout California.  Ready to start your journey?  Visit the Contact Us section at the bottom of this page and reach out to schedule your free 15-minute consult!


Specializing in Affirming Therapy for the LGBTQIA+ Community and Beyond

LGBTQIA+ Affirming

What is the difference between affirming and accepting?  It’s the difference between your aunt saying “Well, I love you no matter what.” and her saying “How wonderful!  Do you have a partner?  Bring them over, I’d love to meet them!  I’m making lasagna on Tuesday.”  It’s a totally 

Chronic Illness and Disability 

Living with chronic illness and disability can be exhausting.  It involves regular battles with health insurance companies, figuring out whether dishes or laundry are more crucial when you don’t have enough energy to do both, and chronic fatigue that no amount of coffee can 

Neurodiversity Affirming

There is a freedom that comes when you understand why you only have two modes: completely-shut-down-laying-on-the-couch-staring-into-the-void and getting-the-entire-to-do-list-done-plus-organizing-the-pantry-and-closets.  Knowing the how and why of your mental functioning can 

Sex Positive Therapy

Let’s talk about sex.  That made a good song in the 90’s, but let’s face it: talking about sex can be awkward.  When you have a sex life that is anything but vanilla, it can be even more uncomfortable.  If you are a part of the kink community or have had an ethically non-monogamous 

Parenting a Chronically Ill or Disabled Child

When someone imagines becoming a parent, they don’t picture infusion centers, hospital stays, occupational therapy, or mobility devices.  However, that is the world you can be thrown into with a diagnosis that knocks the wind out of you.  As a parent, you want to protect your 

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