Newport Beach Counseling

Are you sometimes feeling powerless or afraid?

Your belief of powerlessness is a thought that is causing your feeling of fear. I want to help you change your beliefs about yourself so that you feel empowered and can change your life into what you want.

In individual or family counseling, we can explore your thoughts, beliefs and decisions that have kept you from making the changes in your life that you desire. I want to help you figure out what you want instead of what others want for you.

Kathy Colao, M.A., LMFT

What we can do together…

  • Clarify the parts of your life that you want to improve.
  • Create a place of acceptance and healing
  • Develop healthier coping skills
  • Decrease anxiety and fear, improve your mood
  • Achieve more satisfying, meaningful relationships
  • Improve your physical and mental health through healthy eating

I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.

My specialties include: anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, divorce, domestic violence, eating disorders, holistic and integrative nutrition, grief, self-esteem, and relationship difficulties.  I work with teens, women in transition, adults, couples and families.

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

I am a practical, down-to-earth, experienced therapist providing a safe, non-judgmental space for us to explore who you are and who you want to be.

I strongly believe that it is the unique relationship with the right therapist that sets the stage for healthy change to occur.  Take the first step to help and call or text 949-800-9797 or email me to explore how we can work together in my Newport Beach Counseling office.

I also offer tele and video therapy via a HIPAA compliant platform for residents of California.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

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