Kay is a first generation Mexican-American who has lived in many different cities. This experience has given her insight into cultural, multigenerational, and migrant issues. Kay believes that therapy works when there is safety, acceptance, and compassion present, and she knows that showing up to therapy can be over half of the battle. She commends all who embark on their own journey of personal growth and recovery. Kay is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #142932).
Kay earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2020 from California Institute of Integral Studies, with an emphasis in Drama Therapy, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance with a Minor in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College in 2015. Kay completed her first internship at the Living Arts Counseling Center providing support to those exploring their multigenerational traumas and identity through therapeutic autobiographical theatre performance. Kay completed her second internship at Lifelong East Bay Community Recovery Project providing group and individual therapy to dual-diagnosis, addiction, and populations with severe mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, specifically BPD and Narcissism.
Upon obtaining her Master’s Degree, Kay continued her work with severe mental illness in the outpatient setting at Douglas Young Wellness Recovery Center where she started as a TAY Clinician and was quickly promoted to TAY Lead Clinician. She facilitated the Racial/Social Injustice monthly meetings for her team, providing literature and a non-judgmental setting for her colleagues to explore issues of gender, sexuality, ablism, racism, and how they may better serve their clients through intersectional and anti-oppression lenses.
She is clinically supervised by Soojin Poole (CA LMFT 97800) at Personal Evolution Psychotherapy and is continuing her education and training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Kay is a member of PEP’s weekly DBT consultation team.