Hi! I'm Kalene. I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I offer online group therapy for people all over the state of California.
Marriage & Family Therapist
Throughout my master's program, I worked as a state certified sexual assault and rape crisis counselor. I also co-led a college-age women's sexual assault survivor's group in my practicum work. With this foundation of supporting survivors, I was able to apply my skills in my work with teens dealing with trauma, leading art therapy groups for teen girls in juvenile hall, and facilitating group therapy for adults in a partial hospitalization program dealing with significant anxiety & depression.
There are a lot of overlaps between ACT and MBCT, and I love them both! I've taken a formal training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, read two of the most recommended books on the approach, and I use the lessons and skills from ACT regularly in my individual and group sessions.
My first experience, after my master's program, of truly learning about and applying DBT into my work was in 2012. But it wasn't until 2018 that I began using those skills on a daily basis in adult group therapy sessions. The partial hospitalization program I worked for was rooted in the DBT approach, and I was fully immersed! It's now become an integral part of my private practice work.
Throughout my use of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy approach, I noticed my affinity to--and the effectiveness of--the skills specific to mindfulness. I attended a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy certification course and immediately began incorporating lessons and skills from the training into my groups.
When I seek out continuing education, books, and trainings, I'm most drawn to those that emphasize anxiety treatment. This includes those for generalized anxiety and post-traumatic stress, as those are the issues I've most frequently addressed throughout my career.
I've taken formal trainings in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ART) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). These therapeutic approaches emphasize themes of self-acceptance, dealing with negative self-talk, and preventing relapses of downward mood spirals.
My practicum work in my master's program focused on helping college students deal with major transitions involved with school. My early work focused on supporting teens and their families emotionally navigate through transitioning from out-of-home placements. My recent work has involved helping adults make the transition from psychiatric inpatient care. My work has always been about helping people through the grief, anxiety, trauma, and stress of major life changes.