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Community Highlights: Meet Kaitlyn Nelson of Kaitlyn Nelson Therapy – Holistic Psychotherapy & Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaitlyn Nelson.  

Hi Kaitlyn, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I have been working as a social worker for nearly 10 years with individuals, couples, and families within the foster care system, school and hospital settings, and various non-profits. I graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies from Long Beach State University in 2012. While in my undergraduate program I interned with Girls, Inc., an after-school program. I also volunteered for the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside as a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate and with Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children who have lost a parent or sibling, as a Big Buddy. These experiences led me to pursue a career in social work as I greatly understood that we need to empower and build resilience amongst the collective.   

I went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2014. While in graduate school, I interned at North County Lifeline in the Educationally Related Mental Health Services Program providing school-based therapy and social skills groups for elementary and middle school students. My second-year internship was at Sharp Memorial Hospital in the outpatient oncology unit. Post-graduation, I continued to work for Sharp, rotating the inpatient floors. I also worked for a local hospice as a Medical Social Worker and Bereavement Counselor. In 2017, I met my licensing requirements and sat for the board exam, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). For over 7 years, I worked for Angels Foster Family Network in a number of capacities including as a Clinical Case Manager and a SAFE Home Study Evaluator/Supervisor in which I supported families who were fostering children ages birth to 5, completed home study assessments for families who wish to foster and supervised clinical staff. I continue to volunteer for Comfort Zone Camp as a Healing Circle Leader. 

After over 10 years into the practice of yoga, I attended a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Pilgrimage of the Heart in fall 2020 to learn to inspire others in their healing journeys. I immediately started teaching at various yoga studios throughout San Diego. It felt invigorating to hold space for people in this way. 

I opened my private mental health therapy practice in early 2022 as I felt burned out from the traditional 9-5. I desired to find a better balance in my life after working in a stressful environment for many years. While both exciting and scary starting my own business, I took a leap of faith believing that I was worthy of my own personal peace, joy, and freedom. I am passionate about sharing the practice of yoga in a therapeutic relationship as I have found the practice helpful in coping with my own symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Connecting to your body and breathing mindfully can help you learn to love and embrace all aspects of yourself, as it has for me. I am honored to be able to support people in a way that feels the most authentic to me! 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Self-doubt loves to creep up and try to steer you off the path of freedom. I am certainly human, just like all of the wonderful clients I am able to work with. There’s pressure as a therapist to have all the answers, which I don’t always have. I am learning alongside my clients and am inspired my them when they use their own inner motivation to find the answers within themselves. The path of finding peace is not linear or a step-by-step process. It takes time, patience, open-mindedness, and dedication. It takes tremendous courage to move with the process of self-discovery and become vulnerable to those parts of yourself you want to hide from. For me, learning to let go of self-judgment and understand myself better through my own therapy and the practice of yoga has helped me start living the life that I want. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Kaitlyn Nelson Therapy – Holistic Psychotherapy & Yoga?
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Teacher-200 hour and I offer holistic psychotherapy and studio yoga classes throughout San Diego. I support clients through symptoms of anxiety, stress, grief, and loss, and work to process past trauma. My focus is on healing and building resilience to help an individual feel more confident about their future. My therapeutic style is warm, grounding, compassionate, and collaborative. Holistic psychotherapy is a body-centered approach to therapy that incorporates both traditional and non-traditional treatments to help the individual as a whole. Mind-body methods can rapidly reduce stress and symptoms of trauma while increasing calm and grounded. I use my experience as a yoga student and teacher to include meditation/mindfulness, breath work, gentle movement, and yogic philosophy into my sessions with clients. 

I am becoming a Certified Practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques. Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (often known as Tapping or EFT Tapping), is a therapeutic tool that can provide significant results for a variety of issues. It is often referred to as “psychological acupuncture without the needles.” While acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to the body’s 12 meridian points, EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure on nine specific points. EFT operates on the premise that negative experiences and trauma can be stored in the body and continue affecting the way we handle new experiences. EFT has a positive success rate for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in veterans and it can be used to assist with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, weight loss, phobias, self-esteem, test anxiety, public speaking anxiety, grief, and more. 

I am located in Carlsbad Village for in-person sessions and also offer telehealth for residents of California. I accept a variety of insurances such as Aetna, Optum, and United Healthcare. I can also work with PPO plans as an out-of-network provider and provide a Superbill to submit to your insurance provider. 

I offer a free 15-minute no-obligation phone consultation to see if we might be a good fit in working together! 

You can also find me teaching yoga at various studios throughout San Diego including at Yoga on State in Carlsbad Village, Pilgrimage of the Heart in Normal Heights, and The Wall Climbing Gym in Vista. 

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Organization, focus, discipline, humility, and empathy – I think it’s the Virgo in me! Additionally, I have a genuine desire and commitment for ongoing learning and personal growth. Tapping (no pun intended) further into my unique creativity has opened a lot of channels for me. I generally have an open mind and am willing to change things that may not be working. I have also sought out other private practice clinicians to hear their own stories and advice. That has been incredibly helpful to me and I am so appreciative to those who are willing to share! 


  • Private Pay Individual 60-Minutes is $150
  • Private Pay Individual 90-Minutes is $200
  • Private Pay Couple 60-Minutes is $175
  • Private Pay Couple 90-Minutes is $250

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