Keith Kapash MFT

keith-kapash-mft-2The Founding Director of Bay Area Adult ADHD, Keith Kapash MFT, brings more than a decade of experience as a therapist.  His style is warm, supportive, intuitive, and at times directive, combining techniques from mindfulness practice with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has studied mindfulness for more than 20 years with different teachers in the US and India and has received training as a Mindfulness Facilitator.  He holds additional degrees in Organizational Communication and Management and brings this experience to his work in helping individuals organize for success.  Keith also specializes in supporting families through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and provides Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to schools in the Bay Area.

Weekly sessions with Keith are a place to learn and practice concrete skills in managing the symptoms of ADHD and the often co-occurring symptoms of Depression and Anxiety to promote growth and create lasting change.

California LMFT #46140

Adam Frey, M.D.

adamfreyDr. Frey is a Board Certified Licensed Adult Psychiatrist with over ten years experience in evaluating and treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, formerly “ADD”), and a range of often co-occurring mental health concerns and disorders, including depression, anxiety, social anxiety, insomnia, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, post-traumatic stress and panic disorders, substance use problems and psychosis. He has been primarily employed with the University of California, Berkeley and UC San Francisco student health services, while also having experience with correctional, emergency, and inpatient psychiatry settings.

Dr. Frey works to understand and help resolve conflict, distress, or impairment in relationships, intimacy, sexuality, identity, education and career, life transition and maturation, illness, disability and loss.  He appreciates the privilege of working with clients on what are often the most sensitive and private of concerns, and maintains the highest standard of confidentiality and respect for each individual’s personal growth and autonomy. He aims to identify and foster the values which bring meaning to life, while approaching challenges with compassion and humor.

Dr. Frey offers full psychiatric assessment, medication consultation and management, and individual counseling.

Education and Training:
Psychiatry Residency: California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

California Medical License #A96276

Karla Schlags MFT

Karla Schlags, Clinical Director, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Karla received her Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco and has pursued extensive post master’s training in therapy with children, families and young adults. She has worked in a variety of settings in the Bay Area including public schools, non-profit agencies, after-school programs and private practice.

Karla’s approach to treating Adults with ADHD is collaborative and goal oriented. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and integrates techniques to help clients in developing a deeper sense of self.  Clients gain further understanding of how ADHD has affected their identity, relationships, career goals and everyday life, while learning tools to help actively manage their symptoms.  ADHD has an impact on relationships, in addition to individual therapy, Karla provides therapy to couples and families.  She also treats co-occurring disorders and symptoms including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relational issues, eating disorders and substance abuse.

California LMFT #53850.

Cecilia Walken MFT

Cecilia Walken is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her master’s degree in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College of California. Cecilia enjoys working with professional women and men who are seeking meaning in their careers or relationships.  Cecilia delights in helping people who consider themselves shy enhance their ability to speak up in meetings, give presentations and ask people out on dates or make new friends.  Cecilia draws on her knowledge of CBT, mindfulness, ADHD treatments and applied improv (she teaches Improv for Shy People at BATS).

Cecilia has worked in a variety of settings throughout the Bay Area including non-profit agencies and schools (elementary through high school). She worked for two years in Lowell High School’s Wellness Center working with teens, helping them navigate the pressures of school, their social lives and as well as embrace their own authentic identities.

Cecilia’s treatment approach is empathetic, warm, practical and clear.

California LMFT # 96176

Leslie Davidson MFT

leslie-cpLeslie Davidson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she specialized in Drama Therapy. Leslie has been working in a variety of settings throughout the Bay Area that include private schools, non-profit agencies and private practice. She has considerable training and experience in trauma treatment, vicarious trauma prevention, bully prevention, restorative justice, DBT, and mindfulness. Leslie has worked with children, youth, families, adults and groups and has specialized in PTSD, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Her treatment approach is both nurturing and directive and draws on several therapeutic models, focusing on guiding clients and families on their path towards their expressed goals.

Additionally, Leslie has experience in clinical supervision for clinicians in training and she facilitates vicarious trauma prevention workshops for direct care providers of victims of trauma.

California LMFT # 52343

Dr. Cristina Schmalisch LCSW

cristina-ed-4Cristina S. Schmalisch, PhD, LCSW – Cristina has over 10 years experience as a psychotherapist and has worked with attentional problems throughout this time. She has been gaining expertise specific to ADHD for over 5 years. Her style is both goal-directed and affirming. Cristina’s work is grounded in CBT and she uses additional techniques from a number of other treatment modalities to tailor psychotherapy to each client. She also specializes in treating anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, and addiction. Cristina’s PhD is in Cognitive Science and she was a researcher for 10 years before becoming a psychotherapist.

California LCSW #73270