K. Kerstin  Gutierrez
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K. Kerstin Gutierrez

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Psychologist, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LCP Doctor of Psychology, PsyD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Walnut Creek Waitlist In-person
Updated February 1, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Men's issues
  • Relationship issues
  • CoParenting

Professional statement

Dr. Gutierrez’s educational background includes a doctorate in clinical psychology as well as several years of post-graduate academic work in philosophy. She has worked clinically with infants, children, adults and couples, as well as with parents and their children together; her work with Family Court Services and in private practice has involved working with parents who wished to improve their parenting skills or who faced additional challenges as they transitioned into their new or ongoing roles as divorced or separated co-parents.

Over the past 20 plus years, based on experience, education, and training her approach to therapy has evolved, and now includes an emphasis on the importance of developing an emotional and psychological growth mindset in order to help her clients develop skills, self awareness and values-based goals toward which to strive.


Message to clients

In my current therapy and coaching practice I work with adults who wish to move forward in relationships: couples, marriages in all life’s stages, career and parenting. And, most importantly, relationship to one's Self. In particular, my focus is twofold: helping women and men develop relational skills to address challenges in their current life stage such as adjustment to work, to retirement, to late-age new marriages or relationships, and challenges of grief and loss of partners and family members.

Additionally, and uniquely, my practice focus includes addressing the challenges to relationships posed by ADHD (Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and other age-related changes. Underdiagnosed and often overlooked in treatment are the many ways that ADHD impacts late-stage relationships, especially after the structures of work-and-family-life have been replaced by retirement-related changes in life (whether financial, social or familial). Many couples in retirement experience profound emotional confusion and difficulties during retirement due to the increased time spent with one another without the external structures of work and family life; and often this time reveals underlying relationship and coping problems that seem overpowering to one or both partners.

Retirement is a potentially life-altering change to long-term relationship; such changes are often confusing and dismissed as unimportant or self-generated. The goals, health issues, and needs of the couple may be altered in retirement, presenting challenges to both partners regarding how to meet the needs of each partner as well as both together.


Specialties

ADHD - Adult ADHD is especially challenging and often over-looked in relationships and in adult life challenges. Skill-building and support around emotion regulation, family challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure.

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances, such as birth, marriage or retirement; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Men's issues - Expertise in working with adult men; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health, as well as better relationship management.

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

CoParenting - Whether together, separating or separated, parenting and co-parenting can be a challenge requiring unique skills and approaches.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

K. Kerstin Gutierrez is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $95 - $225
  • Initial session: $225 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $225 (60min)
  • ADHD Consultation : $225 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Consultation and initial sessions may be from 60-90 minutes, depending on the issues in question.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 10am-5pm
  • Fri 10am-5pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Closed

Walnut Creek practice
1839 Ygnatio Valley Rd, Suite 101, Walnut Creek, California 94598
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 24 years

Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist, 2003 - 2024
Family Court Services, Contra Costa County, Mediator, 2001 - 2003

John F. Kennedy University, PsyD, 2000
University of California, BA, 1973


Licensure

California: 18269


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

K. Kerstin  Gutierrez
From Divorce Survivor to Thriver

If feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety, depression or confusion are dominating your life; if you are considering separating or have already done so, or if divorce has left you feeling alone and unsure of yourself, consider joining this group.