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Kimberly Medina, LMFT
We will work together to develop a clear plan for achieving the change you want to see.

Our Team

Kimberly Medina, LMFT

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

Maybe this is a starting point for you and you are new to therapy, or recommitting to therapy after a break. Perhaps mental health issues (like depression or anxiety) were not discussed in the family or community in which you grew up, or you have had difficulty reaching out for help for other reasons. Sometimes what holds us back from seeking help is self judgment (‘I should be able to handle this’), or fear that things won’t improve. You are certainly not alone, help is available, and change is possible.

We will work together to develop a clear plan for achieving the change you want to see. The pace of the work will depend on many variables, but for clients who are committed to the process, and able to apply skills learned in session to their outside lives, change can often be felt quickly. Please reach out if you think I may be of help.

Education

BA - Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Psychology, San Francisco State University

MS - Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

License Number and State

CA 45593

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I am passionate about supporting others in building the kind of life they want. This passion began with a career organizing for social and economic justice, and 15+ years of working with foster youth and adoptive families as a social worker. Helping people find their voice and develop the strength to use it is work I find deeply satisfying and personally inspiring.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy time with friends and family, I love to travel and time in nature, and I like to read – especially books that relate to my field.

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

I make time for myself each day by meditating, taking a walk, checking in with a friend or curling up with a good book.

What book have you read more than once?

I was really impacted when I read The Power Elite in my early 20s, describing the ways in which inequities can be systemic and not based on character flaws. I have also re-read Sharon Salzberg's Lovingkindness a few times. Such a simple but deeply meaningful message.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

I have a close friend who works for Mujeres Unidas y Activas and they do amazing work with immigrant women, building leaders who they promote within the organization and who are then able to effect change in their communities.

How do you recharge?

I take vacations, take day trips, say 'no' when I need to, and remember to have fun.