Kassie Claughton, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Criminal Justice Related Issues
Disability Related Issues
Military/Veteran Specific Issues
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Substance Use/Abuse Disorders
Bachelors in Psychology: Clinical/Counseling, Stephens College
Masters of Social Work, University of Missouri-Columbia
Currently a PsyD Doctoral Candidate, California Southern University and completing a Doctorate of Integrated Behavior Health, Arizona State University
50-minute in-person sessions are available in the San Francisco and Fremont/Newark location (longer sessions are available by clinical necessity)
Phone and teletherapy sessions are also available, including evenings and weekends.
All appointments must be scheduled in advance.
San Francisco Office
The individuals I work with are unique and the experts of their lives. They are often introspective, contemplative, and curious about themselves and their thoughts and feelings. This provides the motivation to be open-minded and adaptable while working together to explore any issues, identify goals, and develop the plan to reach that goal. I have the utmost confidence in and believe in your innate ability for growth and change.
I believe that a vital and connected life is more important than simply avoiding the experience of distress. I like helping clients be motivated to work in and out of the session, ready to try new things and become willing to look deep inside. I utilize a blend of evidence-based practices to develop what works best for each unique individual. Modalities I am trained in and apply include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Harm Reduction Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing. Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Working together we can identify your goals and develop a plan on how to achieve them.
WHY I LOVE THIS WORK
I love this work for some many reasons. It opens my heart up and creates this sense of peace and rightness with the world. I am able to bear witness the lowest of lows and sometimes even the highest of highs. I t makes me realize how wide and deep life is. There is so much we experience as human beings and individuals bring the sum of their past experiences as well as their current state into the therapeutic process. I seek to be an educational component that helps you mobilize your resources. My passion comes from knowing that changing the world starts with helping one person and being able to empathize with them. I have been in these shoes, it feels right. I love seeing the resilience in my clients and watching them heal and grow from even the most traumatic experiences. I celebrate those moments where I see hope in the eyes of a client, or a recognition of her own greatness, or a long-abandoned smile.
WHAT I WANT FOR YOU
I want to provide you with a safe environment to share your feelings, problems, etc. while providing an atmosphere of trust and respect. I want you to feel heard and understood. I want you to get to that place in your life where you feel content inside yourself. As we become partners in this journey, I see the potential of your continued growth to reach this level of well-being.
MY SPECIALTIES, BACKGROUND, AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and doctoral candidate, I offer extensive experience supporting individuals in both outpatient and residential settings in the fields of social work and mental health. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor. Over the course of my career, I have built a solid base of knowledge and expertise in treating anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, and issues specific to military/veterans. I strive to assist my clients become aware of and learn about their own functioning in order to change automatic thoughts and responses and generate new ones for the future. I believe change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives and seek to help others reach this level of wellness.
National Association of Social Workers
International Association of Trauma Professionals
American Psychological Association
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science