Hello, my name is Kalene.
I was born and raised in Northern California. I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chico State, where I met my now-hubby of 7 years. I have a 5-year-old son, a 1-year-old baby girl, and a feral cat.
My job is leading virtual adult group therapy sessions as a licensed therapist in my own private practice and an outpatient hospital. Before this, I’ve dabbled in therapy work for community programs (like, doing therapy sessions in the car or at the DMV), the juvenile justice system (toughest job I ever had), and my old college. I always liked the idea of specializing as an art therapist so I’ve taken lots of expressive arts trainings. I’m also a big-time brain science nerd so I also take lots of trainings about the neuroscience behind our emotions and wellness. If you’re curious about my ‘therapeutic approach’, I’m a sucker for Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
My hobby is starting art projects using different types of media (that may or may not get finished). I also spend lots of my ‘free time’ learning more about business stuff and psychology to help build my practice more (my new obsession). I don’t watch TV often, but when I do it’s something light and positive like Brooklyn 99, or something intense and twisted like Game of Thrones, with little in between. If you’re thinking to yourself, That’s all so typical Gemini, you’re spot on.
This blog was inspired by my own ongoing journey to self compassion, and by the many clients of mine who have said countless times, “This stuff should be taught to everybody!”
I’m a first time blogger, but a long time believer in improving mental and emotional health for all–not just for those with a diagnosis, and not just for people feeling like they’ve hit rock bottom. This is, after all, health. I think anyone and everyone can benefit from learning how to exercise regular self care and compassion. I created this blog in hopes to be one of many voices trying to get the word out on this. Because of that, I truly thank you for visiting my blog.