BAY AREA COUNSELING & CONSULTATION, LLC

"Your doubt will kill more dreams than failure ever will. Inexperienced is not unqualified - don't confuse not having done it for not having what it takes to get it done."

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Ketty E. Augustin, NCC, LAPC, LGPC (She/ Her/ Hers)

The Work

I am a licensed graduate professional counselor, and proud graduate of Howard University where I received my BSc in Psychology with child development concentration and graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a dual Master of Science in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health.  Since entering the field, I have done most of work primarily with trauma survivors and children and adolescents. I have surely, since, enjoyed working with adults as well.  I completed training in several modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  I tend to utilize an eclectic approach to best meet my clients’ needs, and so I am always looking forward to learning something new: everybody is a teacher and everybody is a student.  In the next few years, I hope to continue developing my skills to support trauma survivors, as well as acquire more knowledge on nutrition, intuitive eating, and couples’ and family therapy work.

A little bit more about me --

Groups I vibe with

  • Adoption experience
  • Biracial/Multiracial
  • Cisgender
  • Person with disability/chronic pain or illness
  • Latine/Latinx Diaspora
  • LGBTQ+ Sexuality
  • Migrant/Immigrant/Child of immigrant
  • Neurodivergent
  • Person of Color
  • Woman

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic alliance/relationship?

I think the number one thing is trust, and then close second is authenticity. Being able to be myself and showing up as me in the office just as I do in other spaces let clients know they can do the same and trust me to cherish that - priceless. The relationship is where the change happens and clients need to know they are enough!

How do your life philosophy and treatment philosophy overlap?

You are the greatest artwork you’ll ever create, and you deserve to hold the brush. Your story is yours to share, to edit, to complete, and to live fully. There’s always more than just being good at what you do, you have to be willing to let yourself be a lifelong student: letting yourself be taught by others you help on their journey, and doing so appropriately and skillfully.

What do you love most about being a mental health professional?

It’s always an honor to have someone trust me with their story and the most vulnerable parts of themselves. I have so much respect for clients when they make the decision to invite me on their journey. It’s all about empowering them to be who they were always meant to be. There’s just nothing like bearing witness to their growth and fulfillment!

Current Availability Ketty is taking patients on her waitlist.

Service Platform: Ketty is only available for Telehealth services.

Education & Certifications --
BSc in Psychology with child development concentration and graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a dual Master of Science in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health

Trainings/Readings --

  1. Life Story - Birth and Adoption Story > focused on the integration of birth stories in life narrative for adoptees and receiving support from adoptive parents
  2. Trauma and Toxic Stress Exposure - Integration of Traumatic Experiences
  3. Principles of Trauma Informed Care to Build Resiliency in Youth
  4. . IFS and Polyvagal Theory Introduction - Healing Through Compassionate Connection

Reading:
Lately, I have not found much time to pick up physical books to read, however, I love the convenience of audiobooks to listen to them at home, in the car, or on the plane when I travel. I have loved everything Brene Brown and Rachel Hollis, and their latest books are on my list. I have just finished “Year of Yes” and “Black Privilege” and am currently listening to “The Mountain is You”, “A Man’s Search for Meaning” and “Professional Troublemaker” – and yes, all at the same time. Fun fact: Competitive cheerleading was like my part time job for several years. I have definitely missed it.

Fun Facts:

Coloring and watching reruns of Gilmore Girls.  Competitive cheerleading will always have my heart.

Therapy Services --

At this time, I only see clients for individual therapy, and will do family therapy as well for children I see one-on-one.

  • Individual & family
  • Preteen & younger
  • Young adult
  • Trauma survivors/complex trauma

Would refer to others for the following:

I will likely refer out couples and families, and generally any client who may require a higher level of care. My priority is to ensure your needs are whether that is with me or another provider. All in all, the therapeutic journey is a very vulnerable and powerful one; I am really happy to see you here.

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