Kate Stoddard, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Hi, I’m Kate. My purpose is to provide you with support, safety, and in-depth listening to help address whatever may be troubling you. Internal struggles can manifest physically, emotionally, and through behaviors that keep you feeling stuck or numb. I believe therapy is a way to know yourself better, and through connection and collaboration with a therapist, you can begin to gain insight, create meaning, and transform your unique suffering into your unique power.
style + philosophy
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.
a little 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. I also love going to live comedy and improv shows and believe that a good belly laugh is one of the most important things we can do daily for our health.