It is often when we feel the most overwhelmed __ when we have "tried everything we know" to feel better, to make changes, to break out of bad habits or unhelpful behavior patterns __ that we find ourselves the most open to growth and change. This is the purpose of psychotherapy. To provide us with the opportunity to open to the process of self-discovery __ to explore our thoughts, our feelings, and our behaviors and to find or regain our essential wholeness and sense of well-being.
I view my role as a psychotherapist as that of partner and guide, helping adults and children alike to rediscover their innate resiliency and capacity to work through and overcome obstacles.
I work with people experiencing phase of life hurdles, parent/marital conflict, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, & depression and anxiety. I also work with children who may be experiencing the stressors of attention/concentration problems as well as autism spectrum disorders, separation anxiety, and disruptive/defiant behavior problems.
Call or Email Kate Messina for a free phone consultation now - (916) 341-9335


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Fordham University
  • Year Graduated: 1982
  • License No. and State: 11373 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $90 - $100
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • American Behavioral
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • Coventry
  • MHN
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Kate Messina's Groups

WisdomPath Parenting

Revolving workshop series to help parents know and understand their children's behaviors. When we have the same "know-how" and understanding of children as the "experts" do then we can rediscover our confidence to parent effectively and trust our decisions.

More about this group


  • Eating Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Trauma and PTSD


  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Suicidal Ideation

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Identity

Client Focus


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2015

Kate Messina

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW