Katarina Appel Schultz

Katarina is a writer and aspiring social worker. She currently works for Online Coping Skills, moderating virtual skills groups, answering students’ questions and running social media. She has also reorganized and rewritten all the content for DBTSelfHelp.com’s renovated site, set to debut this spring. It is the largest free Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) on the web.

Katarina has lived with chronic physical and mental illness for most of her life. It’s often been a battle, but it’s made her who she is today. She has written much on the subject for outlets like The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Katarina has a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and plans to get her Masters in Social Work and become a therapist like those who helped her.

Katarina has dabbled in filmmaking, poetry, fiction, and zine creation as well. She enjoys exploring many different avenues for creative exertion. She also co-created the blog DBT Skills, which makes DBT accessible to all. It can be found on Tumblr and Instagram.

Katarina lives and writes at the intersection of media, mental health and hope. She enjoys exploring the ways these three overlap in her life. She draws a great deal of hope from the media she consumes. So much so that she’s known to cosplay as Princess Leia at conventions.

Katarina lives in Los Angeles in a tiny apartment on the top floor of her building. She chaos bakes and tends to her plants to relieve stress. She adores books, a single brand of coffee, and sunflowers.

Katarina uses both she/her and they/them pronouns.

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