About Kavitha

About Kavitha

Therapy & Counseling Services for the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County

Kavitha Goldowitz is a Marriage and Family Therapist, with over 10 years experience working with teens, young adults and families. Her areas of interest include issues related to young adults (life transitions, relationship conflicts, career path, managing anxiety) and relationship dynamics in couples’ and women’s issues.

Bilingual Therapist

Kavitha understands the immigrant experience from a personal standpoint, brings with her a rich experience of working with Asian, Hispanic and various immigrant communities. She speaks Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Japanese, and is very sensitive and aware of the many challenges and issues that affect immigrant groups including identity, cultural assimilation and self-esteem. She has an insightful understanding of working with couples in inter-racial marriages and working with first and second generation immigrant families.

Kavitha’s Counseling Approach

Kavitha uses mindfulness and compassionate awareness techniques in her counseling approach, and she firmly believes that everyone is capable of positive change in his or her life and that resiliency and the need for self-growth are inherent in each one of us. She has also been involved in teaching nonviolence in schools and has led retreats for teens and young adults. Kavitha’s counseling practice stems primarily from a strength-based approach. Her clients value her insight, compassion and genuine respect for their struggles. She adopts an eclectic approach to counseling and draws from Family of Origin principles, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, Narrative strategies, Nonviolent Communication and the Gottman Method and various other techniques.

Personal Background:

Prior to becoming a mental health professional, Kavitha was a professional athlete, a campaign manager in the advertising industry, and a high school teacher. Kavitha also loves learning new languages, and she currently speaks 5 languages while continually striving to learn more. She enjoys interacting with culturally diverse populations and recognizing the commonalities that bind us together. Today, Kavitha’s family lives on four continents, and they speak eight languages between them, making her family a microcosm of the modern world.

 Education:
  • M.A in Counseling Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • M.A in Advertising and Communications, Michigan State University
  • B.A in English and Women Studies, Bangalore University (India)
 Certifications:
  • Gottman Method of couples counseling- Level 1 training
  • Grief and Bereavement Counselor, certified by the Hospice of Petaluma
  • Attachment focused EMDR training (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • California Secondary Subject (English) Clear Credential, awarded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Japanese Language Program- level III certification, UC Berkeley.
Professional Affiliations:
Awards and Honors:
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Education Foundation Award (2012)
  • American Association of University Women Graduate Scholarship Award (2010 & 2011)
  • Delphine Newman Education & Internship Award (2011)
  • Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship (2010 & 2011)
  • Ronald. B. Katz, Media Research Club of Chicago Scholarship (1998-1999)

 

 

Service Area:  I provide counseling services in Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Sonoma, Napa, Healdsburg, Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito, San Francisco, Belmont, Redwood City, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Palo Alto.