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Kristi Collins, LCSW

Kristi Collins, LCSW


I work to foster a non-judgmental space for therapy that can allow for vulnerability and honesty.

My Therapy Style

Therapy is a highly individualized process: It can be about bringing awareness to challenges you're experiencing and giving you the skills and insight you need to change how you interact with them, and it can also be about reprocessing distressing events so as to be able to move past them.

I work to foster a non-judgmental space for therapy that can allow for vulnerability and honesty. I am trained in and draw from CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness, and EMDR. I find it so rewarding to work together with someone on exploring, acknowledging, adapting, accepting, reprocessing, and moving through challenges.

Education & Training

BA - Biology, University of California, Berkeley

MSW - Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College

Certificate - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), EMDR Institute

Get to Know Me

What are your interests outside of work?

Spending time outdoors - hiking, camping, traveling, sometimes swimming (if it's warm enough!)

What book have you read more than once?

Irvin Yalom – Love's Executioner. Dr. Yalom has such sound and grounded perspectives on work clients in a therapeutic capacity. I always find reading his books comforting in his humility and respect for the work done in therapy.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Citywide is my favorite non-profit. It is technically part of UCSF and is a mental health clinic for those with severe mental illness in San Francisco who may be experiencing homelessness as well. (Full disclosure, I am biased as I worked there for a couple of years). The work done there is incredible in terms of getting people into treatment and supporting them to live their lives in a more dignified way, however that may be defined.

Do you have any pets?

I have one cat named Pansa! One of my favorite memories with her was her first Christmas – she decided to climb up the tree and spend her days hidden in the branches with the ornaments.