Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Dr. Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in CA and IL, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She earned her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. In over ten years of clinical expereince, she has conducted clinical and forensic evaluations, served as an expert witness, and provided treatment in clinical, forensic, and correctional settings. In private practice, Dr. Balestrieri works with adolescents, adults, and couples to address a variety of mental health concerns. In addition to individual and couples’ therapy, she conducts comprehensive cognitive and personality assessments, differential diagnosis evaluations, and screenings for the presence of alcohol/drug addiction or sex/love addiction, or compulsive relationship behavior.
When conducting therapy, Dr. Balestrieri specializes in building resilience and recovery from trauma, substance abuse and addiction, intimacy disorders (sex/love addiction and sexual dysfunction), eating disorders and body image issues, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, Dr. Balestrieri works with individuals to improve anger management, healthy boundaries, communication, and relationship patterns.
Her approach to assessment and psychotherapy is guided by the integration of psychodynamic, attachment focused, cognitive behavioral, and systemic principles, and incorporates evidenced-based research on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. Dr. Balestrieri works diligently to create an individually tailored treatment plan for each patient, to maximize their unique strengths and assist them in actualizing their individual and relational potential.
Currently, Dr. Balestrieri maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, CA and provides therapeutic services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Previously, Dr. Balestrieri has worked at the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, CA, where she treated individual across a spectrum of sexual, relational and intimacy related issues, and at Promises Treatment Centers, in Malibu, CA, in the Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders and Residential Chemical Dependence programs, treating clients with co-occurring addiction and psychiatric issues. Passionate about advocacy, Dr. Balestrieri served as a volunteer Clinical Director for the Los Angeles chapter of A Home Within, an organization dedicated to pairing foster care involved youth with a pro bono therapist in the community.
Before relocating to CA in 2014, Dr. Balestrieri had a successful private practice in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, and worked at the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, where she treated incarcerated adults and adjudicated youth with myriad needs, while exploring the intersection of mental illness, trauma, and addiction and the legal system. Additionally, Dr. Balestrieri is also trained in alternative dispute resolution, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology Law Society, California Psychological Association, and the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.