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    About Kathy Jaffe

     

    Hello and welcome! Let me introduce myself~ I am an avid reader and nature lover. These two things have saved my life over and over again and continue to be my guideposts for opening my heart to the pain and beauty of this magnificent world. I have found as much healing in my outdoor adventures as I have on the “therapy couch.” Learning to accept my imperfect awkward self on a snowboard or a backpacking adventure has helped me apply the lessons from the textbooks to my actual life. In these spaces, I have learned to keep putting one foot forward and the beauty of a Plan B.

    My path to becoming a therapist has not been straightforward, but I think that it has always been where I was meant to land. I spent much of my adolescence and young adulthood trying to turn myself into a better version, always convinced that there was something inherently wrong with me that was the source of my sadness. Yet after so many years of thinking that I could hate myself into becoming someone else, turns out that was the opposite of what I needed. My path to healing has taught me that self-compassion is the key. My training in Brené Brown’s work as a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator has allowed me to move from someone who intellectually understands the concept to someone who strives daily to embody and practice living authentically and wholeheartedly. In working with you, I meet you where you are—with compassion, understanding, and non-judgment. Together we explore all of your stories of unworthiness and all of the “shoulds” that you have been living in so that you can let go of what is not serving you and begin to re-write the story of your life in a way that honors your inner knowing.

    As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience providing therapy and case management services to youth, families, and individuals in a variety of diverse settings I utilize a strength-based approach that focuses on our need for connection in relationships as a primary source for healing, with elements of mindfulness, CBT, attachment theory and shame resiliency as a foundation.

    Education

    California State University, San Bernardino, Bachelor’s Degree Psychology

    California State University, San Bernardino, Master’s Degree Social Work

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California

    Certified Daring Way Facilitator