"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing." - James Brown

Dr. Katherine Compitus

Kokoro Mind & Body was founded by Dr. Katherine Compitus and her husband Paul Compitus. 


Dr. Compitus is a Colombian-American doctor of social welfare and bilingual licensed clinical social worker, with a focus on applied anthrozoology and trauma studies.  She uses an integrative therapy model, tailored specifically to each client.  She is trained in multiple modalities including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, DBT, Hypnotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and has received specialized training on OCD and ERP through NOCD


Dr. Compitus received her DSW from New York University, as well as her MSW.  She also holds an MSEd (Education) and an MA in Biopsychology.  Dr. Compitus has been an educator for over 20 years.  She currently teaches in the graduate social work schools at Columbia University, New York University and Fordham University.  She is also the founder of Surrey Hills Sanctuary, a non-profit veterinary social work center.  

Dr. Compitus is the author of the Zooeiya blog on Psychology Today and has published extensively about integrative therapy models and trauma.  She has been dancing since she was a young child and received training in ballet (Joffrey), modern, hip-hop, flamenco, salsa, belly dancing, pole dancing and aerial arts.  She has been practicing yoga and roller skating for over 30 years and she was one of the Rollerblading instructors for the cast on the movie Hackers. She is a certified Roller Skate Instructor with the Skate Instructors' Association (Skate IA) and a certified Pole Fitness Instructor with XPert Fitness.

Co-founder Paul Compitus is an entrepreneur, former fashion designer and educator, and is noted for his sexy, avant-garde, surreal and often futuristic style.  He has worked for many of the major fashion houses and mentored and taught young fashion designers in both the UK and USA.  Paul lived and worked in Japan for several years as the first non-asian designer for the fashion house Matsuda.  Although born in England, he felt a deep connection to the Japanese culture.  As an artist, Paul understands that the mind and body are interconnected and to treat one you must treat both.  Paul currently owns Wiggly Pups, a luxury dog daycare in NYC. 

Paul and Katherine Compitus both believe in the power of the mind-body connection and started Kokoro Mind & Body to treat the body and mind in order to heal the heart. 

All Kokoro Mind & Body instructors are certified.