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Make space for what you value

Meet Kristin - Experienced Anxiety, Stress Management, Chronic Illness, and Life Transitions Therapist

Therapy in San Jose, Bay Area, and throughout California & Puerto Rico

Are you someone who:

Is a caring and compassionate person?  You're always taking care of others and you have a hard time saying no, so you end up juggling everything for everyone?


Has a lot on your plate, but staying busy is part of who you are?

Hates asking for help and you don't want to bother to your friends or family?  You've been trying to deal with things on your own and no one really knows how much you're actually struggling


Knows that not taking time for your mental wellness has come with a cost and it's starting to affect your life, work, and relationships?

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

This is a space where you can take care of your needs to feel better, more grounded, and connected to your life. 
Kristin Papa, San Jose therapist

Welcome!! I 'm Kristin..

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

I specialize in working with adults who are tired of putting themselves last and want to stop feeling guilty about prioritizing their own well-being. and are looking to align their lives with their values.  

I help clients start to tune into their own needs and feelings so they can learn to trust themselves and live a life that honors their authentic self.

If you're looking for a therapist in San Jose, California, or Puerto Rico, you're in the right place.  

My clients are looking to::

bring their whole self to the table

Feel empowered to make sustainable changes

Finally invest in themselves and their own well-being.

Live a life aligned with their values

My approach to therapy

In our work together we'll make space for what what matters most to you and shift your attention and energy to creating a life grounded in your values.  You've spent so much time trying to deal with things on your own, but you're ready to receive support so you don't have to carry the weight alone. 


During our sessions you'll have a safe space to process your ups and downs (and everything in between) so you can start to show up as your whole self, even the parts of you that it's hard to let others see. 

Together we will::

Process your experiences and help you express your full range of emotions

Reflect on long-standing patterns in your thoughts, behaviors and relationships

Clarify your core values so they can be our road map to help you move towards a life that is more intentional, balanced

Develop a committed action plan so you can start to feel more empowered and confident

Learn new skills to practice in your day-to-day life to create sustainable change

Gain new perspectives and insight to show up as your authentic self

I know the courage it takes to do the work and take risks, so I'll be supporting you in this journey as you start to use your voice to make yourself a priority. 

Get support for

Helping you find the calm in your life.

Restore your sense of self to manage life's big changes.

Providing you support and hope when it's hard to keep going.

Start to feel more grounded and focused.

You are not a burden. This is your safe space to talk about what you're going through.

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

Kristin Papa, San Jose therapist

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, get some background information from you, and we'll clarify what you want to work on in therapy.  (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.



This is where we'll start to dig a little deeper.  
Our work will be a collaborative process to align your life with your core values.  We'll look at patterns you've noticed in your past as well in your behaviors or relationships.   I'll be walking beside you, but you will letting me know how I can best support you.  In our session, I'll be compassionately direct with a hint of humor. 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.    

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. ​​​I am a biracial AAPI provider who also lives a bicoastal lifestyle between California and Puerto Rico.  

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My practice is based on these core values

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CA #26830
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Puerto Rico #15716
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Virginia #0904014851
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Utah #13196996-3501
Telehealth Provider, Florida 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
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

You are worth the investment in yourself..

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

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