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Kelsie Testa, LMFT
My style is radically genuine, which means I value authenticity and showing up as a human first rather than an expert.

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Kelsie Testa, LMFT

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic

Therapy Style

My approach to therapy is about humor and heart. My style is radically genuine, which means I value authenticity and showing up as a human first rather than an expert. My style is warm, non-judgmental, and accepting.

My approach combines teaching you skills to regulate your emotions, tolerate distress and be more mindful with conversations to build insight and process long-term patterns to understand how they got there in the first place. I believe therapy is a relationship first and foremost: I bring knowledge and expertise about the mind and emotions to the table; you bring knowledge and expertise about yourself and your experience. Together you and I will collaborate to find a balance of approaches that works for you.

Education

BS - Television, Radio & Film, Syracuse University

MA - Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Los Angeles

License Number and State

CA 121504

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

I love watching movies with my partner, taking walks, and playing with my dogs. I used to love reading, so my goal this year is to replace some screen time with book time.

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

Have at least one either intellectually stimulating or hilariously, silly conversation with someone I love. I like people, I like thinking, and I like laughing.

How do you recharge?

I love a hot bath. I would spend several hours a day in the bath if my skin and adult responsibilities would allow it.

I also recharge by spending quiet time with myself: thinking or not, doing an activity or not. Just letting my mind hang out instead of being busy.

Do you have any pets?

I have two dogs: a bulldog named Ghost and a chihuahua named Minnie. They are my mindfulness gurus. From waiting for Ghost while he sniffs a singular spot on the sidewalk for several minutes to watching Minnie's fierce, unrelenting concentration when I'm eating cheese, I'm constantly in awe of their ability to be ALL IN in the now.

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