Kate Stoddard, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #110918
Supervised by Tara Griffith, MFT
San Francisco Office
Suites 321 + 347
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Depth work
- Finding purpose
- Unblocking creativity
- BA in Psychology, The University of Colorado at Boulder
- MA in Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA
- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
- Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
who i work with
Many of us possess a feeling that there is a way to live better and to feel better. It’s this feeling that drives the work of therapy and stems from an essential experience of feeling healthy, safe, and loved. I work well with individuals who are interested in in-depth exploration of their internal world and the unconscious forces that live inside of them. Making sense of our emotional lives and the way we show up in our relationships (and conversely, how others have shown up for us in our relationships) is a fundamental part of healing our minds. Through the process of inquiry, reflection and curiosity in relation to your internal world, we will collaboratively begin to understand the underlying causes of suffering and begin to consciously create a different and more generative life path.
I believe you are the expert of your own life, and I also believe your true gifts, healing, and happiness can be unlocked through the process of therapy. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to hear your experiences, identify and understand your feelings, and then to develop insight and meaning that feels true to you. Out of nonjudgmental awareness comes a new relationship with yourself that is loving, that is freeing, and that allows you to pursue your truest desires.
I take significant interest in the unconscious and believe it is a map to finding your true self. Dreams, emotions, thoughts, feelings and behaviors are landmarks on this map to be noticed and interpreted, and over time you can navigate these places more freely, clearly and safely throughout the process of therapy.
I also believe that your joys and pleasures are equally as important to understand and hold in therapy. Your creativity contains a wellspring of health and generative energy that is often the antidote to stagnation and suffering. My hope is to help you find this creativity in your daily life and to help you nurture and value it, and to build upon it for the future.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduating, I worked as a Professional Research Assistant for the Social Psychology Lab there and helped study prevention methods for HIV in adolescents. After moving to California, I earned my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. During my graduate training, I worked with individuals, families, and children struggling with a range of issues such as complex trauma, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, identity and self-esteem development, and life transitions.
Why I love this work
Each human being grapples with suffering that is uniquely theirs. In many ways, this suffering is a doorway to a new world that reveals the truth about what will make us feel truly alive. I believe in the process of therapy as a way to cross this doorway with the therapist as a witness and guide, and I feel honored to be this person for my clients. To me, there is no greater purpose than supporting individuals in becoming fully awake and alive in their lives.
A bit more about me…
I love living in the Bay Area and the range of outdoor beauty and experiences it has to offer. I enjoy hiking and cycling, as well as engaging with the different culinary scenes. I am also a musician and love collecting records and instruments. You can often find me at live comedy and improv shows as I believe that a good belly laugh is one of the most important things we can do daily for our health.
What my Clients Say
“Kate seems to be exactly what I am looking for in a therapist. She is friendly, warm, makes me feel at ease, thoughtful, and considerate. Her approach so far has been great, she explains things well, and her manner of questioning is probing but polite, curious but friendly, and I after the first session I am very happy to be working with Kate.”
“Kate was amazing. I looked forward to our sessions each week. I am going to miss being able to work with Kate in the future. She changed my whole outlook on therapy and the importance of it as a form of self care. Can’t sing her praises enough!”
“I love Kate! A smart, competent woman. It felt like she truly wanted to understand and did understand. Like she’s the real deal!!!!”
“Kate seemed knowledgeable and made me feel welcome. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her.”