Kalene Khan, MS, LMFT
About Kalene Khan
I work with people who find it easy to show compassion for others, but struggle with self compassion. They are often helpers, perfectionists, people-pleasers, Highly Sensitive People (HSPs), and overthinkers. I aim to help them practice a greater balance between caring for others and caring for themselves.
I'm most passionate about helping people reach these goals through group therapy. I'm a strong believer that interpersonal relationships and our view of ourselves within them are at the core of our personal struggles, and are therefore an essential part of healing. My work is trauma informed, and takes societal, cultural, and systemic influences on mental health seriously.
My early work consisted of supporting sexual assault survivors, including crisis counseling. I later worked in community programs supporting teens and young adults through their recovery from trauma, depression, and anxiety.
During that time, I got experience providing individual therapy, family therapy, and what grew to be my all-time favorite, group therapy. I’d often take trainings in art therapy techniques, which I enjoyed incorporating into my groups.
My more recent work was at a hospital where I had the chance to immerse myself in the work I love most. I exclusively led group therapy and psychoeducation groups; this time, for adults in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.
Over the last couple years (and while building my private practice over this past year), I’ve been honing in more on my interests and strengths as a therapist. I began emphasizing my focus on maternal mental health, mindfulness and acceptance, and neuropsychology; reading books and taking formal trainings from experts in these fields, especially as they relate to anxiety relief.
In terms of theoretical approaches, my favorites are Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
SpecialtiesAnxiety, Introversion, Postpartum
Age Group FocusAdults
Treatment ApproachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art Therapy, Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical (DBT), Expressive Arts, Feminist, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Narrative, Person-Centered Therapy
IssuesAnxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Introversion, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Women’s Issues