Kathleen Wonacott, LCSW

Kathleen Wonacott, LCSW

Students, Adults, Older Adults

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Kathleen Wonacott, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma

Living in a pandemic has been challenging. You may be trying to push down or avoid your thoughts and feelings, but find that it brings little to no relief. You may find yourself facing new challenges, or your emotional wellbeing and/or relationships are struggling. While these past few years in particular have been hard, now can also be an ideal time to start or restart psychotherapy. Change is happening on a large scale around us, and we are presented with a great opportunity to move with that change. As a specialist in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD and trauma, my approach is rooted in warmth and acceptance. I provide a safe and supportive space for clients to be themselves and help them work toward acknowledging and navigating their emotional experience. I take a stance of curiosity and aim to help folks regain a sense of who they are through a non-judgemental lens. I help people who find themselves struggling to get started on tasks, procrastinate, or who are having a hard time focusing in general. You might find yourself spending more time watching tv or scrolling through your phone, and feel frustrated with yourself as a result. Maybe you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. Life may feel heavy, or maybe you find yourself feeling numb. Or, maybe you continue to find yourself in unfulfilling relationships that don’t meet your needs. I often find that our relationships from early life can impact how we move through the world. Having a deeper understanding of our feelings and why we react the way we do can be a good place to start, and ultimately help us to show up in a way that feels more authentic. I believe that deep down, everyone has the answer they are looking for; it’s about working with the right person to help you uncover it.

 

ADHD

ADHD is thrown around a lot in our society – a society that values productivity and often equates it to success. If you are someone who struggles with focusing, procrastinating or staying organized, you may feel like you are at a deficit. Most of us know what it is like to struggle with staying on task, especially now that we have been living in a pandemic, and ultimately a state of crisis, for so long. Maybe you also are finding yourself feeling a bit heavier now than light, or you are experiencing more anxiety than normal, or both. 

 

Welcome. You have likely found yourself here for a reason, and you may be wondering if now is the time to start or restart psychotherapy. Maybe you have received an ADHD diagnosis by a medical or mental health professional or maybe you are finding yourself stuck at work, school, or having trouble completing everyday tasks at home and you just don’t know how to move forward. You may have been feeling like something is getting in the way of living your life or simply meeting your goals, but you’re having trouble putting your finger on it. 

 

I specialize in treating folks coping with symptoms related to ADHD, and  find it important to look under the ADHD diagnosis and symptomology. How do we benefit from having this diagnosis? How do we not? If society typically praises productivity and working long hours in order to succeed, how can we embrace these parts of ourselves that don’t fit into that mold? Can we embrace who we are, even if we are seen or feel as though we are different? Through psychotherapy, we can look at how you see the world and learn how to better navigate it. 

 

 Here are some common symptoms of ADHD that psychotherapy may help you with:

 

  • Difficulty staying organized and on top of tasks

  • Forgetfulness

  • Emotional outbursts

  • Becoming bored easily

  • Problems with focusing or attention span

  • Trouble listening

  • Procrastinating



I take a multi-faceted approach to treating and understanding ADHD, and recognize that, above all, you’re human. You are more than a diagnosis and a cluster of symptoms. Together, we can look at your individual situation and navigate it together. If you would like support managing ADHD symptoms, get in touch! I am here to help.

My Training

I received my master’s in social work from the University of Southern California in 2017. As part of my training, I completed an internship at Beit T’Shuvah, a faith-based, inpatient rehabilitation center where I provided individual psychotherapy  for those in recovery from addiction. I then interned at UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program where I provided counseling, psychoeducation, and individualized training to caregivers and families of patients diagnosed with a dementia related disease. 

After obtaining my master’s degree, I returned to the bay area and worked as a counselor at Marin Treatment Center, providing individual therapy and co-facilitating a variety of groups for those recovering from chemical dependency and learning to cope with mental health problems. 

I went on to work as a psychiatric social worker in correctional health for San Mateo County, where I primarily worked with individuals in crisis and facilitated a group for those who were part of the behavioral health program.

I feel passionate and excited about continuing my work as an individual therapist at Bay Psychology Group.
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Accepting New Patients

Want to work with me? I am currently accepting new SHIP (for Cal Students), Medicare, Anthem, and private pay patients for  appointments. Please use the “Book an Appointment” button on this page to get started.

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