Kathy Vila AboutWho I am as a therapist is shaped by many things: my childhood and the culture in which I was raised, my education, training,  work and personal experiences and my professional and personal relationships with others over the course of my career.

Prior to opening my private practice, I worked with clients in college counseling centers, hospitals, outpatient programs, and research institutes.  Most recently, I completed a two year psychodynamic training program at Access Institute.  My training at Access was rigorous and extensive.  It not only helped me consolidate my many years of experience in the field, it deepened my understanding of people, psychology, mental health and the importance of emotionally supportive relationships.


  • I am a Licensed Psychologist with the State of California Board of Psychology (PSY22345)

Clinical Experience

  • Post-doctoral internship, Access Institute
  • Pre-doctoral intern, Child and Family Services, California Pacific Medical Center
  • Pre-doctoral intern, Kaiser Permanente, Department of Psychiatry, San Rafael
  • Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders Counselor, Henry Ohlaff Outpatient Programs
  • Staff Research Associate, Langley Porter, UCSF
  • College Counselor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Temple University


  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • M.S.W. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


  • San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI)
  • Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools (PCBAHS)