Kate Pruefer, M.A., M.F.T., Coaching in Encinitas, California, 92024

Kate Pruefer, M.A., M.F.T.

Kate Pruefer, M.A., M.F.T.
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Kate Pruefer, M.A., M.F.T.

Professions: Life Coach, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - 32648
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 02669
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Office 1
Encinitas, California 92024

Billing and Insurance

Fees: $150 per 60 minute session; sliding scale available; will provide superbill for insurance claims.

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When the problems of life feel too stressful, complicated or overwhelming, a period of supportive counseling can help you to express feelings and sort through issues, gain skills, find practical solutions and rediscover your own innate wisdom and abilitiy to enjoy life.

My key goals are to support: happy families, healthy communication, healing couple relationships, positive parenting after divorce and individual self esteem. As a trained and licensed clinician with 25 years of experience, I am honored and happy to assist you and your loved ones on your path toward greater life satisfaction and peace of mind.

My style is to be interactive and involved during a therapy session while holding a safe and neutral environment for various feelings and different points of view to be respected and explored.

Email or Call Kate Pruefer, M.A., M.F.T. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02669

More Info About My Practice

My office is on a beautiful canyon with a garden setting and is wheelchair accessible as well as being comfortable and appealing to children. The setting is adjacent beautiful hiking trails and affords the possibility of walking sessions for particular clients who would benefit from that option.

Please let me know your particular situation and financial needs, so that I can help make it possible for your and your family to get the support you need. I am happy to provide you with a superbill to help you file with your insurance company for reimbursement. For individuals with special circumstances, I do have a sliding scale and will work with you to make the cost of therapy more manageable.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Helping families who are going through divorce or other transition issues is a particular specialization of mine - it is possible for children to come through divorce with a healthy self-esteem and a clear sense of support and safety in the process. It does take some work and ongoing communication between the adults. I will help you keep the reorganization 'high-minded' and nurturing to your most important treasure - your children.

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with individual issues of depression, anxiety and self-esteem, abuse survivors, addictions of all kinds, relationship issues and marriage counseling, adolescents, those going through separation and divorce, women developing self-esteem and professional identity and children....as well as multigenerational family therapy. I particularly specialize in healthy co-parenting after families have gone through particular stresses or changes.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger Management
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Voice Dialogue
  • Wilderness Therapy

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