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Hi, I'm Kady Fleckenstein,

Associate Marriage Family Therapist* (#136799) and a local Santa Ynez Valley resident. With over twenty years of executive experience in marketing and communications, I earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in September 2022.  Currently I am accepting California clients ages 10 and older for virtual (telehealth) appointments or in-person appointments in Solvang, California. I utilize an integrated, systemic approach to therapy with an emphasis on treating couples and families in addition to adults and adolescents. Keep reading below to learn more.

*Supervised by Nicole A. Botaitis (LMFT # 47319, LPCC #227) of Botaitis Therapy Group.

My Story

Like many, the pandemic was the catalyst I needed to make a big change in my life. After more than two decades as a business owner and professional, I decided to switch careers in order to help others.  Many Santa Ynez Valley residents struggle to find mental health care due to high demand for services and few clinicians in the area. My goal is to help local families, couples, adults and adolescents find tangible tools for change.

Staying up-to-date with the latest research is important to me. I utilize tools that help reduce painful symptoms (mental, emotional and even physical) and lead to effective change. Healing comes when we learn to integrate our mind and body and make connections with others in a deeper, meaningful way. Together we will create a plan for growth and improved health for a better tomorrow.

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Areas of Focus

I see couples and families as well as adults, teens and preteens starting at 10 years old. Utilizing an integrated, mind-body approach, clients come to me with a wide variety of issues.

Fast Facts

Current Board of Directors Position

Director of Communications

Santa Barbara Chapter of California Marriage Family Therapists

(SBCAMFT)

Certifications

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Psychological First Aid
National Center for PTSD & The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Mandated Reporting

Mandated Reporter California

Community Mental Health

As a Marriage Family Therapist Trainee (2021-2022), I completed an internship at People Helping People in Solvang, California where I provided therapy for kids, adolescents, adults and families. During that time, I also taught Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons to fourth and fifth graders at Santa Ynez Elementary School and facilitated lunch discussion groups.

Additional Trainings

Here are just a few of the dozens of trainings I have attended:

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

PESI

Sandtray Therapy

Crisis Intervention & Suicide

People Helping People

Prenatal and Infant Loss

PESI

Healing the Wounds of Trauma

NICABM

Perinatal Paternal Mental Health

Cottage Hospital

Addressing Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI)

Institute for Health & Recovery

Eating & Substance Use Disorders

Center for Discovery

Single Session Approach

SBCAMFT

DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis for Clients with Trauma

PESI

...and many more!

Special Skills & Interests

Interested in incorporating the creative arts into your therapy sessions? With an extensive background in vocal and theatre performance, I welcome the integration of music, art and other creative arts in our work together. Here are a few of my special skills:

Vocal performance (classical, musical theatre, jazz/blues and pop)

Songwriting

Instrumental performance (piano, guitar)

Poetry

Cooking & Baking

Arts & Crafts

Scrapbooking

If you are passionate about any of these areas or ones not mentioned above, please let me know!

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