Rebecca Vanita Kunert, LMFT

Passionate about living fully

I enjoy working with individuals and couples to increase their interpersonal connections. I perceive the strengths in my clients and assist them in implementing these into their lives. I empathize with their emotional pain and conflicts; I strive to show them a way out of their stumbling blocks and personal constraints.

Experience and training

As a therapist, I bring intuition to the table, helping you uncover the core of the issue and guide you to navigate your challenges. With warmth and engagement, I ask questions about your experiences and use practical coping strategies. Most importantly, I create a supportive, safe space for you to explore even the most uncomfortable aspect of your concerns.

Clinical Experience

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 12,734). My Masters degree in Clinical Psychology was earned from John F Kennedy University (part of National University, Dec 2020). Licensed for over 30 years now, I have a strong foundation in traditional mental health including chemical dependency and 12 step programs. Currently, I utilize a growth perspective in counseling clients which includes the harm reduction model. I am able to quickly assess symptoms for concerns such as depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug problems. My specialty is relationship counseling with a focus on interactions between individuals while examining their context.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Experience

As the internal manager of the onsite corporate employee assistance program (EAP) for PG&E for 20 years, I learned to navigate a complex organizational culture. My experience of working with distressed employees, supervisors, and managers provides me quick assessment tools for pinpointing workplace concerns such as conflict with colleagues and managers. Crisis intervention and stress management were important features of my EAP role.

Ongoing Professional Development

I regularly participate in professional training seminars, clinical consultation, and conferences.

An Integrated Approach to Unusual, Challenging Dilemmas with Couples: Advanced Considerations

Presenters: Terence Patterson, PhD and Jerrold Lee Shapiro, PhD
APA, Jan 2, 2024

Culturally Responsive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Presenter: Gayle Y. Iwamasa
APA, Jan 3, 2024

Toward Neurodiversity Affirming Practice for Autism and ADHDer Clients

Presenter: Amara Brook, PhD, ABPP
Lyra Health, Sept 15, 2023

Understanding the Needs and Diversity of South Asian Clients

Presenters: Lakshmi Ballaji, PCC, Pia Trisha, M. Sara Yap, PsyD
Lyra, April 30, 2023

Interpersonal Psychotherapy Level A Training Course

Presenter: Scott Stuart, MD
Virtual, Aug 16-24, 2022

Clinically Working with Asian Americans: Appreciating Diversity and Complexity Amid Stress and Trauma

Presenters: Matthew Mock, Phd; Helen Hsu, PhD
APA, Aug 8, 2022

Sexual and Emotional Intimacy Skills Mastercourse

Presenter: Allison Ash, PhD
Stanford, Jan through March 2022

Evolution of Psychotherapy – Virtual Experience 2021

Presenters: Martin Seligman, PhD, John and Julie Gottman, PhDs and other leading experts
Virtual, Nov 30-Dec 5, 2021

Therapy for Gifted Clients

Presenter: Dr Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC
Simple Practice, April 27, 2021

Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 2: Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities Training

Presenters: Salvatore Garanzini, LMFT 
Gottman Institute, Jan 19-21, 2019

Developmental Model of Couples Therapy

Presenter: Ellyn Bader, PhD,
The Couples Institute, Sept 2016 to May 2017