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Dr Kate Leinberger received her training in the USA (California) and completed her doctorate in Texas.  Her clinical style has developed over fifteen years during which she worked in a variety of settings.

Kate spent five years working in a lock-down psychiatric hospital in San Francisco, which allowed her to experience a colourful selection of patients. She later gained expertise in dismantling the trauma experienced by US veterans while working in a Post Traumatic Stress unit in Texas. In more recent years, as the stress and wellness specialist at a California-based university, she engaged students as they grappled with a plethora of issues related to transitioning to adulthood. She is deeply inspired by the profound growth that can transpire from psychotherapy.

Kate’s work aims to facilitate mindfulness – the topic of her thesis.  Mindfulness honors the power of the present moment. It also highlights the impermanence of thoughts and emotions. It teaches one to see “the bigger picture” even when in the grips of powerful emotion. It slows life down, and encourages self-compassion. From this vantage point, thoughts and emotions are often experienced in a less-threatening manner allowing for healthier choices to be made.

Furthermore, she frequently incorporates the use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques within the therapeutic setting. The time-sensitive results of CBT are undeniable, and shows that an immediate reduction in ‘pain’ results in a more flexible client who can then focus on underlying patterns that cause more long-term distress.

While Kate works with people experiencing a wide variety of conditions, she has a particular interest in working with chronic illness. There can be tremendous power in understanding the dynamic mind-body language. Other client matters Kate is drawn to include anxiety and panic attacks, stress management, depression, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, trauma and LGBTQ matters.

“I was inspired to become a psychologist because I was moved by my own personal experience as a client and quickly realized that there’s nothing I wanted more than to facilitate similar growth for others.”