Hi! I'm Kalene.

I offer virtual group therapy for people all over the state of California who are struggling with a harsh inner critic.

My goal is to help people find a greater sense of self-compassion and self-acceptance. 

I believe improving mental health is both an art and a science. I’ve studied expressive arts techniques to help people work through emotions in a way that words cannot. I also like to learn about mindfulness and neuropsychology to help people better understand their mind’s inner workings and take practical steps toward improving mental health.

Outside of my therapist role, I'm a proud mother of a rambunctious kindergartener boy, a constantly hungry one-year-old girland a feral cat.

I'm an artist who likes to play with different materials (painting, pencil drawings, digital drawings, henna tattoos, woodburning, clay, glass painting, you name it!). When I find time be active, I like doing things like martial arts or dancing, or doing outdoor warm-weather activities like biking, kayaking, and paddle boarding. 

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EDUCATION & TRAINING

I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Chico. I currently have eight years of post-graduate professional experience under my belt. 

 

My early work consisted of supporting sexual assault survivors, including crisis counseling, and counseling young adults in college. I later worked with teens and their families, helping them emotionally navigate through foster care and other out-of-home placements, and through their recovery from trauma, depression, and anxiety. 

 

During that time, I got experience providing individual therapy, family therapy, and what grew to be my all-time favorite, group therapy. I’d often take trainings in art therapy techniques, which I enjoyed incorporating into my groups.

 

My more recent work was at a hospital where I had the chance to immerse myself in the work I love most. I exclusively led group therapy and psychoeducation groups; this time, for adults in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. 

Over the last couple years, I’ve been honing in even more on my interests and strengths as a therapist. I began emphasizing my focus on perinatal mental health, mindfulness and acceptance, and neuropsychology; reading books and taking formal trainings from experts in these fields, especially as they relate to anxiety relief.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

In terms of theoretical approaches, my style is rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

This approach helps you develop a new relationship with your thoughts.You'll stop feeling like the inner critic is dragging you along, telling you what to do and think. ACT helps to put you in the driver's seat of your own life. 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT helps you to be more present, so you don't get stuck dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness skills strengthen things like emotional balance, attuned communication, and insight. MBCT has been proven to help prevent relapses in downward mood spirals.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

With a combination of therapy and psychoeducation, you'll learn practical skills to improve your well-being and relationships. Skills fall within four categories: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance

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