Calm Sea

It's ok to take time for yourself

Meet Kristin - Experienced Life Transitions, Anxiety, and Chronic Illness Therapist in California & Puerto Rico

I work with clients who are caring and compassionate people who often have difficulty putting themselves first or asking for help. They're usually the go-to person for their family, friends, or coworkers so prioritizing their own emotional well-being might feel selfish since they might think that they "don't have it that bad".  You and I know both know that not taking time for you has come with a cost. This is a space where you can take care of your needs to feel better, more grounded, and connected to your life. 

You've come to the right place,I'm so glad you're here.
Kristin M. Papa, LCSW

Welcome!! I 'm Kristin..

You've always made everyone else a priority. 
My priority is supporting you.  

It's often hard for you to say no to others since you've always been able to juggle everything for everyone. But your to-do list always seems to be running through your head, and you never have a moment to yourself.  You don't want to let anyone down, but you've realized that you've been struggling for a while and  you know something needs to change.  

Clients work with me because they are tired of putting themselves last, and want to stop feeling guilty about prioritizing their own well-being.  I help people who are looking to align their lives with their values and feel empowered to make sustainable changes.  I help adults who are looking to regain their sense of self and finally invest in themselves and their own well-being.


 I work with adults who are experiencing anxietylife transitions, burnout, and health conditions to feel empowered to get their needs met and practice self compassion so they show up as the person they want to be. If you're looking for a therapist in San Jose, California, or Puerto Rico, you're in the right place.  

We might be a good fit to work together if you're looking to:: 

  • Make space for your needs and prioritize your mental health

  • Develop an action plan to help you move towards a more values-rich life. 

  • Show up more fully in your relationships

  • Learn coping skills that help you move towards the life you want

  • Embrace your authentic self and feel more whole and balanced

I can help you feel better

Together we'll integrate what we've discussed in our sessions into your day-to day life so you can create momentum to make positive changes.   I provide a compassionate and safe space while fostering growth where you can focus on what matters most to you. This space is for you.  My practice is inclusive and is built on mutual respect, acceptance of others without biases based on differences of any kind. 

A few things about me...

  • I can't get enough of the ocean.  Watching a sunset at the beach, is one of my favorite things ever.

  • I am passionate about all things related to social work, psychology, advocacy, mindset work, and wellness.

  • Most mornings I start my day with a run (although I'm not very fast!)  Despite my medical conditions, I have been able to complete 8 half marathons and push myself further, both mentally and physically, than I ever thought possible. 

  • I'm a Bay Area native, but have lived and worked in several different cities and countries and love connecting with people from all walks of life. ​​​

What does therapy look like with me


Our first session we'll start to get to know each other.  I'll ask questions about your past and get some background information from you.  (It's normal to feel a little nervous the first time we meet.)  We'll also talk about scheduling our future sessions so you know when we'll be meeting.


We'll be focusing our work on helping you clarify how you hope that we can work together. We'll be developing a plan at the end of every session, so you can start to integrate what we're working on in session into your day-to-day life. 


This is where we'll start to dig a little deeper.   We'll look at patterns you've noticed in your past as well in your behaviors or relationships.  This is the juicier part of therapy. I'll be walking beside you, but you will letting me know how I can best support you.  Our work will be a collaborative process. I think therapy should incorporate all aspects of the human experience, so there may be laughter, tears, relief, and realization of what you need.


Next we'll reflect on our work together and the hard work you've put in.  I want to make sure that our work is helpful to you.  We'll talk about if we accomplished what you were hoping to work through in therapy.  We'll talk about next steps for you in your journey.    

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My practice is based on these core values




open heartedness







Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CA #26830
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Puerto Rico #15716
Telehealth Provider, FL TPSW812.
Adjunct Faculty Member;  Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA. 
Multilingual - Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.


Masters in Social Work.  Columbia University, New York, NY. 
Bachelors of Arts, University of California, Davis, International Relations & Italian 


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strengths-Based Therapy
Mindfulness and Holistic perspective


You are worth the investment in yourself..

Feel more balanced and empowered to make sustainable changes towards a values-driven life.