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Kimberlin Leon

Kimberlin Leon

(she/her)

LCSW
4 years of experience
Virtual

I grew up in East San José, California, in a vibrant immigrant community overflowing with playfulness, rhythm, and resilience. The love and sacrifice of my family enabled me to pursue my dreams, becoming the first woman in my immediate family to complete high school, college, and grad school. I use she/her pronouns and identify as a woman of color with Filipino and Mexican ancestry. I feel alive hiking with my loved ones, salsa dancing, and enjoying my favorite cuisine—Japanese Hot Pot. I am passionate about providing a radically strengths-based approach to youth, families, and adults in therapy. As someone who embodies both privileged and oppressed identities, I strive for constant self-reflection to continuously grow and reduce the harm I can cause as a service provider. I affirm people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, religious creeds, physical abilities, and beyond. ***Prospective clients are welcome to contact me for scheduling requests through Grow, my professional website (www.kimberlin-therapy.com) or via my HIPAA-compliant email at info@kimberlin-therapy.com. Please note that my availability is not always publicly displayed.***

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

We'll begin our session by reviewing my therapy services, policies, and technology, to ensure we're aligned and there are no unexpected surprises. Following this, I'll guide you in a conversation about your goals, strengths, and areas of concern. This first session aims to establish a comfortable rapport while getting a sense of our goals together. In subsequent sessions, we'll delve into your personal experiences and significant relationships at your pace. Whether you're prepared to explore painful memories deeply or prefer to focus on present-day goals, I'll provide a safe space for our work together. When working with teens and families, I start off with a family meeting. This helps me build a safe relationship with all involved. I strive to facilitate a comfortable first meeting, in which we will talk about your family's strengths, goals, and main concerns. Subsequent meetings will involve a mix of parent, child, and family meetings.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

With over 8 years of experience, I've supported youth, adults, and families through various challenges, including abuse, homelessness, extreme conflict, separations, and systemic oppression. My expertise lies in creating a safe space for those who have experienced harm, including at the hands of service providers and systems. My approach is radically strengths-based, meaning I'll never judge you, even for behaviors that induce harm. This sense of safety allows us to tackle the root causes of these behaviors and explore alternatives effectively.

About Kimberlin Leon

Accepts

Appointments

Virtual

My treatment methods

Attachment-based

Our relationships within our families of origin and the legacies passed down to us profoundly shape our values, strengths, and areas of growth. I honor this reality. With thoughtful questioning and empathy, we will delve into your personal and ancestral history to foster self-understanding and compassion. This will be the foundation for our work together on which we will explore ways to nurture your relationship with yourself and the important people in your life. The research shows that enhancing the quality of your relationships correlates with reduced symptoms of mental health challenges, including depression and anxiety. For clients who are ready for the next step, we can invite your loved ones into our therapy sessions to gain real-time support healing unaddressed wounds and strengthening your connection with the people who matters most.

Family Therapy

I specialize in supporting teens and adults navigating depression, suicidal ideation/behaviors, and external stressors like psychiatric hospitalization, chronic health issues, and systemic inequality. Through a combination of individual sessions and family sessions, we will work together to address underlying issues contributing to depressive symptoms - ensuring everyone feels supported along the way. Recognizing the important role of our environment, I also provide case management to connect clients with available resources and collaborate with the people in your life, such as physicians, teachers, and extended family members, to ensure we address issues holistically.

Trauma Informed Care

I help people who have endured significant life challenges, including abuse, intense family discord, oppression or discrimination, foster care, and incarceration. I prioritize creating emotional and physical safety in our therapeutic relationship, and guide us in learning new techniques for immediate well-being like mindfulness, somatic exercises, spiritual practices, and practical problem-solving. As a clinical social worker, I know how important our surroundings and bigger systems are. Alongside therapy, I help people find the right resources and support to deal with outside issues that may be contributing to their symptoms.