Katherine "Kate" Jones, LMFT #101546

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Kate is passionate about offering strengths-based and client-centered therapy while providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere to help clients navigate through the challenges that life may bring. To do this she focuses on helping clients develop coping skills, increase resilience, and create positive thought patterns. She also supports clients by transforming old relational patterns into newer and healthier interactions. Kate utilizes DBT, trauma-informed therapy, and psychodynamic models to help clients find their core strengths and solutions.

Kate has supported many members from the GLBTQIQA community with a variety of concerns including assisting some on their gender journey. She has supported women with trauma, clients with anxiety disorders, issues around perfectionism, identity, and purpose. She has also supported adolescents and those that dance to the beat of their own drum.

Additionally, Kate has specialized in working with clients from differing subcultures, first-generation Americans, bullied teens, artists, sex workers, performers, and those exploring alternative relationships. The people who feel like the odd-ones-out are always more than welcome to be recognized and respected for the wonderful offerings they bring to the table while working together with Kate.

While attending The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, Kate gained a strong understanding of the differing interventions and theories that can support clients. She later worked with adolescents for two years as a junior high counselor, then, young adults, transfolk, and gender expansive clients at Spectrum Practice of Berkeley, GLBTQIQA community members at The Pacific Center and has gathered trauma training and DBT training since then. She continues to hone her skills and increase her knowledge base to stay on top of the newest and most impactful interventions to best assist the clients she supports in their journeys and growth.

Location

Ages

  • Adults (18+ years)
  • Teens (13-17 years)

Type of Therapy

  • Individual

Concerns

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA+, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Relationships/Communication
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress

Special Interests

  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQIA+ Trauma

Experience 10+ years

Intensive Study/Specialization

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.