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Kelly Medina, LCSW
My goal as a therapist is to provide a judgment-free zone to be able to explore, reflect and provide insight on different levels of issues that can lead us to therapy.

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Kelly Medina, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

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Approach

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I am so glad you took the time to seek out support, which can be the hardest part of the process.

I consider my therapeutic approach to be personable, genuine, and individualized to your needs. I like to support my clients through their own self discoveries and problem solving, which can look different for everyone. Additionally, I believe in a collaborative approach to be able to create a realistic treatment plan. I start by building a relationship with each client since it is proven that a positive therapeutic alliance is vital to progress in treatment.

I use a variety of modalities and techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness practices. My goal as a therapist is to provide a judgment-free zone to be able to explore, reflect and provide insight on different levels of issues that can lead us to therapy. From the day to day stressors to the more complex traumas, we can all use a safe space to process our experiences and get a sense of control over our lives.

Education

BA - Sociology, University of California Riverside

MSW - Social Work, University of Southern California

License Number and State

CA 88732

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I decided to pick the field of mental health as my profession because it was such an anomaly in the community I grew up with and learned of its importance for myself and for those around me. I took it upon myself to be the one to seek out the knowledge to pass down to my family and challenge some of the negative associations correlated to mental health. I found it to be fulfilling professionally and personally with the changes I have seen in both areas of my life. 

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my dog Kai, who always keeps me on my toes. He enjoys cuddles and naps as much as I do which helps with unwinding at the end of the day. I enjoy binge watching my favorite TV shows including "The Office" and "Friends." I love to travel and like to set some time aside to explore different experiences in and outside of the country. 

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

I try to do at least one thing every day to prioritize my own needs. It could be as simple as grabbing a coffee before my day gets started or ending my day shutting off all electronics and unwinding without having to worry about anyone else. 

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