Kathleen San FilippoLMFT

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What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?

I love the research that has been done as we understand more and more about how the human brain actually functions. It never ceases to amaze me how our bodies will set about to heal a skinned knee or a broken bone. I love that fact that our brains will also set about to heal themselves of brokenness. With the right techniques to clean up past painful experiences and habits, our brains can learn and adjust to new ways of thinking and feeling. We no longer have to be "victims of circumstance" but rather can be free to live the lives we hope for.

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

My own personal experiences have influenced my approach to therapy in several ways. First, I value the importance of finding a therapist who is a good fit. Finding someone you feel comfortable with is just as important as finding someone who is knowledgeable and experienced - having confidence in your therapist is key. Secondly, I have a genuine heart to help my clients navigate their way to a better life. Having been in the client seat myself has given me a sense of compassion and respect for those that reach out for help. Lastly, I truly believe growth and healing are possible. I have walked through many life situations, both myself and with my clients, and I am constantly in awe of the strength and resiliency that can rise from times of darkness and pain.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

My approach to therapy is to be the best therapist I can possibly be. I have worked hard to learn, and gain experience, using a wide variety of therapies and techniques because the counseling process is not a "one size fits all." My goal is to get to know my client, to know what questions to ask, to really listen and to gain an understanding of who they are and what tools will be of value to them. It is my job to shine a light, and to provide resources and direction, in a manner that will both support and challenge my clients to be the person they most desire to be.




Relationship Issues

Phobias & fears


General Expertise



Social Anxiety


Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Attachment issues

Body image issues

Panic attacks & panic disorder



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Somatic Therapy

The Gottman Method

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Training / Certifications

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (PTSD & C-PTSD)

Certified Accelerated Resolution Therapist

EMDR trained Levels 1 & 2

The Gottman Method trained Level 1, EAP, EFT, CBT, and Rewind


CA, LMFT, 120738


MA Counseling Psychology, SCS, San Diego, California

Work History

I have spent the last 20+ years working in a variety of capacities serving the mental health community through private practice, residential treatment facilities, IOPs, non-profit organizations, schools and colleges, and outreach opportunities. Currently I serve as the Clinical Director for RHR Therapeutic Services where I have a huge love for Equine and Animal-Assisted psychotherapy in addition to my traditional office work in person and via telehealth.  I have developed a reputation for finding success with clients who have failed to find healing in the traditional “talk therapy” environments and I believe with all my heart that people can learn to thrive despite adversity.  I am excited to offer a diverse selection of evidence-based modalities that when combined, create opportunity for success with most any client.


10310 Circa Valle Verde, El Cajon, 95741, CA