My name is Kassie (she/her), and I have a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. I have worked in an elementary-middle school setting where I provided individual counseling and art therapy to students experiencing a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, bullying, grief, loss, academic issues, divorce, ADHD, and problems with self-esteem.
My theoretical foundation is an integration of Bowen family systems and psychodynamics. Using a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, I incorporate art therapy modalities and relational, culturally humble interventions to improve emotional regulation, social skills, coping mechanisms, and self-efficacy.
I have been called to work with children through young adults ever since I was an adolescent. This time in one's life can bring dramatic change, leaving one feeling vulnerable, lost, and susceptible to mental illness. While working with this population, I honor the client's journey and hold the deep belief that they have the power and resilience to move towards health and wellness within the mind, body, and spirit. I believe in the importance of establishing a safe, trusting relationship between the client and therapist in order for therapy to be effective. My therapy style is collaborative and my approach is warm, genuine, compassionate, and intuitive.
Art therapy allows the client to express what words cannot. I am passionate about the transformational power of art as an agent of growth and change. I meet the client where they're at and value the importance of utilizing appropriate humor and creative expression to tap into who you truly are! It is a privilege to walk along side you in this journey.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, I moved to the Bay Area to pursue my Master's degree. I enjoy exploring San Francisco, watercolor painting, going to museums, trying out new restaurants, traveling, listening to live music, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee.