Kate Viernes

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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About Kate

How many of us have struggled with feeling that we are not enough or that we are undeserving of the greatest gifts life has to offer? Perhaps this feeling is part of what brings you to therapy. And, if you are a new parent (or are in the process of becoming or trying to become one), chances are this recurring feeling of unworthiness is a kind of pain you know intimately. While being in the throes of pre- and early parenthood can surely be a wondrous time, there is also something about it that stirs up our deepest vulnerabilities from within. It is the perfect storm that challenges, and occasionally exhausts, even our most reliable and steadfast coping strategies.

As a mother to two young children, I have experienced firsthand the intense highs, lows, and everything in between. It is my honor to support other new, expectant, and future parents as they navigate their own unique journeys.

  

As a therapist, I strive to embody the values of empowerment, belonging, and social justice. To that end, I am especially passionate about working with clients from historically marginalized communities, including Filipinx, AAPIs, the adult and adolescent children of immigrants, and other BIPOC. Beyond my clinical duties, I take to heart my responsibility to work for collective wellness by participating in community psychoeducation and advocacy efforts. I am privileged to live and work on the traditional lands of the Tamien Ohlone people.

Prior to coming to Family Tree Wellness, I worked as a therapist in school, clinic, community, and solo private practice settings. My style is relatable and client-led. When I’m not working, you might find me spending time with my family and dog, killing the music round on trivia night (during pre-COVID, pre-children times, that is!), and dreaming of returning home to the islands (I grew up on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, and my ancestors come from the northernmost regions of the Philippines).

 

Areas of focus:
Pregnancy/Postpartum Issues (depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, interpersonal stress)
BIPOC Issues (racism/racial trauma, intergenerational trauma, cultural identity)
IFS-informed & “Parts” Work
Work Anxiety & Burnout (especially in helping & nonprofit professions)
Teens

Education:

  • Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) – UCLA, 2014

  • Master of Arts in Asian American Studies (MA) – UCLA, 2014

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (BA) – University of San Francisco, 2007

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