Kate Leyva Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist   

Kate Leyva
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 

I am an empathic and supportive therapist. I work using an integrative approach that combines many different styles and techniques based on the client's current needs. I form a unique and individualized approach with the belief that the therapist/client relationship is the most important element in promoting growth and change. A safe and non-judgmental environment is essential for change to occur.

I specialize in play therapy, art and Sandplay therapy with children and teens ages 3 – 18.  Using art and play therapy techniques in session helps children who are non-verbal or less talkative feel more comfortable in the therapy setting. I also incorporate Psychodynamic, Attachment and Client-Centered approaches. We can discuss my approach in more depth during our initial session. Questions are always welcome.

I have worked in the Lafayette, Walnut Creek and Piedmont Unified School Districts. I specialize in providing individual therapy services and running social skills group for both the General Education and Special Education population.

In addition to my work with children and families I welcome clients of all ages into my practice.  

 Education:
M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Saint Mary's College of California
Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

B.S. in Psychology
Northern Arizona University
Minors in Family Studies and Criminal Justice

Advanced Training:
Child Therapy Institute, Intern Training Program
Child-Centered Play Therapy Intensive Training

Pediatric Medical Art Therapy Training 

Professional Associations:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
East Bay Chapter California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

A Home Within, Volunteer Therapist