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.  

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