Passionate about living fully

Vanita Kunert, LMFT

 

vanita_kunertExperience and training

 

As a therapist I am intuitive which allows me to see into the heart of your issues and I can guide you to find your own way. As a warm and engaging therapist, I will ask you a series of questions about your experiences. Using my practical coaching skills, I help you cope better with the issues in your life. More importantly, I create a supportive relationship for you to explore the uncomfortable aspects of your concerns.

Clinical Experience

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 12,734). My Masters degree in Clinical Psychology was earned from John F Kennedy University. Licensed for over 30 years now, I have a strong foundation in traditional mental health including chemical dependency and 12 step programs. Currently, I utilize a growth perspective in counseling clients. I am able to quickly assess symptoms for concerns such as depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug problems. My specialty is relationship counseling with a focus on interactions between individuals while examining their context.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Experience

I am an Employee Assistance Specialist-Clinical (EAS-C). After serving as the internal manager of the employee assistance program (EAP) for PG&E for 20 years, I retired. My experience of working with distressed employees, supervisors, and managers provides me quick assessment tools for pinpointing workplace concerns such as conflict with co-workers and bosses. Crisis intervention and stress reduction were important features of my EAP role.

I learned to navigate a large corporation of 22,000 employees with 3 different unions; approximately 70% of the workforce was unionized. The employee demographics included about 65% male employees with an average age of 48. PG&E has been ranked as one of the best places to work for workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. I worked with both LGBT employees and managers throughout my career at PG&E.

Work on Myself Continues

 

After retiring from PG&E, I took a sabbatical for my own growth and personal development. During this important transition, I renewed myself before starting a private therapy practice. Peeling away layers of defenses via experiential self awareness and communication workshops, I realized ways to be more genuine. Now I allow this authenticity to emerge in therapy sessions.

Ongoing Professional Development

I regularly participate in professional training seminars, clinical consultation, and conferences.

I attended The Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in Annaheim in December 2017. The faculty included John Gottman, PhD and Julie Gottman, Phd, on best practices for couple therapy; Sue Johnson EdD on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Aaron Beck, MD, on Cognitive Behavior Therapy trends, Michele Weiner-Davis, LCSW on affair recovery, and Esther Perel, LMFT on sexual therapy for couples.

I learned about current best practices for couples therapy from The Couples Institute in a 9 month training program which has been a valuable experience. A coaching certificate obtained from San Francisco State University provides me with a nonjudgmental lens and a series of coaching questions for inquiry with individuals.

A coaching certificate I obtained through San Francisco State provides me with a nonjudgmental lens and a series of coaching questions for inquiry with individuals.

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I perceive the strengths in my clients and assist them in implementing these into their lives. I empathize with their emotional pain and conflicts, yet I believe people
determine their own destiny.