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.
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.
Current Board of Directors Position
Director of Communications
Santa Barbara Chapter of California Marriage Family Therapists
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid
Psychological First Aid
National Center for PTSD & The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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.
Here are just a few of the dozens of trainings I have attended:
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Crisis Intervention & Suicide
People Helping People
Prenatal and Infant Loss
Healing the Wounds of Trauma
Perinatal Paternal Mental Health
Addressing Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI)
Institute for Health & Recovery
Eating & Substance Use Disorders
Center for Discovery
Single Session Approach
DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis for Clients with Trauma
...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)
Instrumental performance (piano, guitar)
Cooking & Baking
Arts & Crafts
If you are passionate about any of these areas or ones not mentioned above, please let me know!