Kathy Campbell, MFT
|Professions: Psychotherapy, Counseling, Mental Health Counseling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: MFT - 44525|
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I often work with people who don't recognize how courageous they are, and who grapple with hard questions: "Why is life unfair? Why do bad things happen to good people? Should I forgive someone who has broken my trust? If I was abused in my family, should I stay in contact with them, even if they are still unhealthy?" There is no one "right" answer to those questions. It is different for each person. I offer a non-judegmental atmosphere in which each person can seek his or her own answers.
I love using methods that "speak" to the individual. Therapy is a co-creation, and I work with each person to find what "speaks" to him / her. For some people, that's talking, mindfulness practices, or guided imagery. For others, it's art, writing, music, or drama therapy. For most, it's a unique combination. Using creative, client centered methods accesses parts of the brain that can't be reached through words alone, and puts people in the flow of their wisdom and creativity, from which solutions to problems can emerge.
I also love sharing information that empowers people. If you've experienced trauma, grief, or a toxic relationship, it can be very helpful to get information about that. People often feel relieved to discover that they are not alone, that there is a map to describe what they've been through, and there is a path towards healing.
One thing that I have learned in life that I want people to know is that it's OK to be uncertain about the answers to life's big questions.
Email or Call Kathy Campbell, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12552
More Info About My Practice
Prior to moving into private practice, I worked as a clinical supervisor. I have been a practicing therapist for over 10 years. I currently accept California Crime Victim's Compensation and most PPO plans.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Having taken a few classes in Life's School of Hard Knocks, I feel especially attuned to issues of grief, trauma, depression, and the spiritual seeking that often follows those experiences. I have been a family caregiver for 18 years, so I also understand the joys and frustrations that come with caring for a loved one with a physical, cognitive, or mental health challenge. Finally, I am often energized by working with individuals and families who want to end a cycle of abuse, addiction, or neglect in their families. Why? Because I enjoy working with people who have courage and integrity, and it takes courage and integrity to be honest (first with yourself, then with others) about unhealthy patterns that can become a trap. People who choose to heal their own pain from the past have the power to create increasingly healthy lives in the present. I know this can be done, because I carry the inspiration of people I know who have done exactly that. It is a journey, but each step brings you closer to the kind of life that you want to create.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
I view therapy as a collaborative process between the therapist and the individual. We start with the person's strengths, and we move at the individual's pace. I offer "user friendly" information about the issue the person is working on, and choices about when and how to address each issue. For example, if someone has experienced trauma, I explain the three stages of trauma treatment (getting and staying safe; reprocessing traumatic memories that are "stuck;" and reconnecting with self, others, and spirit). I then offer choices about when and how to do the work of each phase. One illustration of this is the technique of creating a "comforting place." A person may choose (or not) to do this activity. If he or she chooses to do it, the individual may then choose art, imagery, writing, or experiential methods to create that space for themselves. We take as much time as the person needs in each phase of therapy.
Services I Provide
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
People experiencing issues of:
- Trauma, such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, or crime;
- Depression, anxiety, or PTSD;
- Life transitions;
Families and caregivers of people with cognitive or mental health challenges
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