Beyond Reimagination: Moving the mental health field from thought to action


Katie Vernoy, MS, LMFT and Curt Widhalm, MA, MS, LMFT | 1 CE hour

The changing field of psychotherapy has impacts on improving client accessibility, while bringing with it legal and ethical hurdles. Claims of the effectiveness of asynchronous and app-based therapy don’t necessarily match with public opinion from clients. This workshop explores the types of clients that are best benefiting from app-based approaches, what is working effectively for them, and how therapists who have been providing traditional psychotherapy can add opportunities to greater enhance client growth while following legal and ethical guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three characteristics of clients that are seeking out and benefiting from app-based therapy
  2. Describe three laws that impact brick and mortar psychotherapists when adding these steps to practice
  3. Compare and contrast the long-term effects of app-based therapy with traditional outpatient and telehealth psychotherapy.

Our Presenters

Katie Vernoy, MS, LMFT

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Theater from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Katie has always loved leadership and began stepping into management positions soon after gaining her license in 2005. Katie’s experience spans many leadership and management roles in the mental health field: program coordinator, director, clinical supervisor, hiring manager, recruiter, and currently as Past President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Now in business for herself, Katie provides therapy, consultation, or business strategy to support leaders, visionaries, and helping professionals in pursuing their mission to help others. Katie is also the co-founder and co-host for the Therapy Reimagined Conference and the Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide podcast. Learn more about Katie’s many pursuits at

Curt Widhalm, MA, MS, LMFT

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University. Curt has a private practice with offices in Los Angeles and Encino, where he works with clients who have experienced trauma and with high-achieving teens and adults. He is a professor at Pepperdine University and California State University Northridge and he serves on the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Ethics Committee. Previously, Curt has served on the CAMFT Board of Directors and as a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.