Hey! I'm Kristin.

Kristin M Papa, LCSW
I'm a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and wellness coach.

  • 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. ​​

A few things about me...
How I can help you.

It might be hard for you to put yourself first or even ask for help.  You might be the go-to person for your family,  friends, or coworkers so prioritizing your own emotional well-being might even feel a little selfish.  However, recognizing your needs and prioritizing your mental health can help you show up more fully in your relationships. 


Together we'll develop a plan to help you move towards a more values-rich life. We'll clarify what's most important to you and help you shine light on how to better align your life and actions with your values. 

  I'll help you 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 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. 

To support you in your journey, I integrate a variety of approaches.   I use a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and a holistic perspective so you can foster self-compassion and self acceptance.  

Who do I work with? 

 I help people who've always put others first, but are now looking to regain their sense of self and finally prioritize themselves and their own well-being.  I work with adults who are experiencing anxietylife transitions, 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.   I also provide wellness coaching services for individuals wanting to move forward in their  goals, but may need support with motivation and accountability. I provide psychotherapy in California, and Puerto Rico. and coaching services throughout the USA.  


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. 

Masters in Social Work.  Columbia University, New York, NY. 

Bachelors of Arts, International Relations and Italian Language.  University of California, Davis

Multilingual - Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.

Let's talk

Text me to schedule a free phone consultation

It's important that you get a sense of the person I am and how I support my clients.  Finding the right therapist and coach isn't easy so let's talk about it.   

**Texting should only be use for scheduling purposes.  Please do not include any information related to your personal situation to protect your confidentiality. 

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