Kristy Shanks, LCSW

Kristy Shanks, LCSW

Children, Families, Students, Older Adults

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Kristy Shanks, LCSW

Staff Therapist

The way we have gone about things most of our lives has shifted many times since the start of the pandemic. Throughout this time, you may have felt anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed. Your children may have started their school experience virtually, while you had to navigate being both their teacher and continuing to work or you may have experienced being a virtual student yourself and missed important moments whether that was attending a special event, participating in sports or clubs, or just having the college experience you always imagined. Other life stressors have been exacerbated by all of these changes and uncertainty and your family may be having difficulties in communicating with one another. I am here to support you, your child, or your family in expressing yourselves and navigating relationships.

Is your child experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression? Does he/she/they have difficulty making or maintaining friendships or engaging in other social activities? Are you worried about their ability to cope with their feelings and experiences? I am here to support your child in expressing and processing their emotions while building a toolbox of skills that they can use outside the therapy space to cope with uncomfortable feelings and difficult experiences. 

Is your child experiencing symptoms of ADHD? Does he/she/they have difficulty recognizing and maintaining boundaries? Are you worried about their impulsivity? Are their behaviors impacting their ability to maintain healthy relationships? I am here to support your child in learning skills that will help them slow down in order to recognize the feelings of others, potential outcomes of their behavior, and build positive relationships. 

I have experience working with children who have experienced trauma, have social/emotional/behavioral challenges, and who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. In addition to working with children, I also have experience working with parents/caregivers and families who have experienced or continue to experience trauma or challenges within the familial relationships.

 

My Training 

Prior to continuing my education, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, where I taught English and Life Skills to students in 5th-7th grade with the support of a local teacher. This experience led me to pursue my master’s in social work from the University of California, Berkeley, which I received in 2018. As part of my training, I completed an internship at UCSF Citywide Case Management, where I provided individual therapy, service linkage, and crisis intervention to adults with serious mental illness including schizophrenia and substance abuse. I also completed an internship with Berkeley High School and King Middle School where I provided individual and group therapy to students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

After obtaining my master’s degree, I worked for Seneca Family of Agencies at Maya Angelou Academy, a nonpublic therapeutic elementary school that provides special education services to students who have a variety of social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs. At Maya Angelou Academy, I provided individual and group therapy to students with diagnoses of PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, ASD. I also worked closely with the students’ caregivers and families and provided psychoeducation, counseling, and family therapy.

I am excited to continue my work as Staff Therapist with Bay Psychology Group, where I will be working with a broader range of students and adults, in addition to the child and family work that I love.

Currently Accepting Patients

Want to work with me? I am currently accepting new patients. In the next several months I will take some types of SHIP, Anthem and Medicare coverage. Please use the “Book an Appointment” button on this page to get started.

 

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