Dr. Kate Gustin has worked as a mental health professional for the past twenty-five years, helping hundreds of people find relief and healing from emotional pain.
Dr. Gustin currently offers services through her private psychotherapy practice, licensed in the states of California, Washington, and in British Columbia, Canada.
She has previously served as a senior staff psychologist at the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Rosa, CA, where she conducted psychotherapy and developed psychiatric treatment programs. She has facilitated groups for patients with cancer and chronic pain, supervised post-doctoral residents, offered trainings for health professionals, and taught psychological wellness courses at community gatherings and local colleges.
Qualifications & Approach
Dr. Gustin obtained her Bachelor's degree at Princeton University, graduating with highest honors. Her graduate training in psychology took place at the prestigious Clinical Science Program at the University of California, Berkeley where she completed her Master's and Ph.D. Prior to private practice, she worked in a range of settings including VA hospitals, community mental health clinics, and college counseling services.
Trained as a generalist with extensive experience treating a complete range of adult psychopathology, Dr. Gustin also specializes in the intersection between mental and physical well-being. Her expertise includes working with adult clients who have experienced the physical/emotional challenges associated with anxiety, depression, illness, cancer, pain, stress, age-related conditions and relational problems.
Dr. Gustin approaches her collaboration with clients from a place of great respect for their values and life experience. She understands that it takes courage to seek help and allow oneself to be vulnerable within a therapeutic relationship. Therapy is tailored to meet the client's individual needs. Each person comes to the office with a complex personal history and a compelling set of beliefs and behaviors.
Dr. Gustin draws upon the advanced trainings she's received in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Seeking Safety, and Mindfulness-based therapy, among other paradigms, to develop a treatment plan that makes sense for the individual.
While Dr. Gustin's style is gentle and down-to-earth, it is also quite active. Her clients appreciate not only being deeply heard and supported in therapy, but also receiving direct feedback and guidance. She helps empower individuals to make significant positive changes in their lives, and to take responsibility for their relationship with their thoughts, mood, and lifestyle.