Kate Northcott, LMFT
415 816 1804
I help my clients to experience the present moment as an alternative to the suffering that comes from rumination about the past or future. My psychotherapeutic philosophy is influenced by Narrative Therapy, which assists clients to externalize problems and construct new ways to live life. This point of view complements Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, both of which emphasize the freedom that come from studying and changing (if desired) the links between thoughts and emotions. As a psychotherapist and artist, I honor focus, expansion, vision, creativity and intuition.
Therapeutic Approach and Specialties
My work with clients is pragmatic, focusing on my clients’ immediate and long-term goals. Clients are able to reduce anxiety and depression and to manage their emotions in a more satisfying way by learning and internalizing new skills and points of view. I work from a collaborative point of view — psychotherapy clients are the experts on their own lives and problems and I am a consultant who can assist them to solve those problems.
Problems and Diagnoses Treated:
I work with individuals who struggle with ordinary life problems and individuals with diagnoses that produce severe emotion dysregulation: Borderline Personality Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorders, Major Depression and Anxiety Disorders. I am an intensively trained DBT therapist, influenced by existential, Narrative and the T.E.A.M. Therapy approach, which is especially helpful with depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. I specialize in counseling individuals whose partners or family members struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Although I do not work with couples, much of my work with clients addresses relationship and couples’ issues. Individual therapy can be extremely helpful with relationship challenges since the only person anyone can change is themselves. Making changes in ourselves can result in profound changes in a relationship.
I see clients for 50 sessions. I do both brief and long-term therapy, depending on client needs and presenting problems. Please consult my Policies page for more information about fees, insurance and scheduling.
Degrees and Training
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- In practice since 1993
- DBT Skills Training Group Leader since 2001 (continually running group)
- Co-Founder New Perspectives Center for Counseling 1993
- Administrative and Clinical Director, New Perspectives Center for Counseling 1993-2013
- MA, Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
- Intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Linehan, Koerner and Dimeff: 2001
- Numerous Behavioral Tech trainings, including: DBT Skills Training, Treating Anxiety Disorders in Multi-Problem Clients with BPD, Working With the BPD Client, Revised Emotion Regulation Skills, Exposure Procedures in DBT
- Professional training in Hakomi Counseling Practices
- Intensive T.E.A.M Training with David Burns, M.D.
- Intensive Gottman Couples Counseling Training with John and Julie Gottman
- Co-Leader, San Francisco T.E.A.M. Practice Group
- Member, California Associate of Marriage and Family Therapists
- Member, San Francisco CAMFT
- Trained Shamanic and Narrative therapist
- MFA, San Francisco State University
- BFA, Sonoma State University
- Artist, dancer