Katie Fenton-Strauss, LCSW

Online Therapy for California and Florida residents

"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." - Jack Kornfield

Chances are, you treat yourself in ways that you would never treat another human being. People who seek therapy for many different reasons -- depression, anxiety, relationship problems, overeating -- share with me that they beat themselves up and have a very difficult time forgiving themselves. I believe that this harsh treatment of self is behind many painful emotional states, and leads to destructive and self-defeating behavior. It a gift to be able to help people make a shift to take a truly kinder stance towards themselves. When my clients begin to view themselves and their own struggles with compassion, something magical happens. They experience profound changes in many aspects of their lives.

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KATIE FENTON-STRAUSS, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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I earned a Masters of Social Work from The University of Southern California in 2001. I have extensive experience providing therapy to individuals of all ages, as well as families and couples. For ten years, I worked as a Clinical Supervisor in an intensive therapy program, teaching and mentoring therapists in a program for high crisis clients. Currently, I conduct online therapy sessions in rural clinics as part of a California-based mental health partnership called TeleConnect. My private online therapy practice allows individuals and couples to have the convenience of being able to obtain therapy services online.

Specialties of Interest

  • Self-compassion and self-worth
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQIA+ issues
  • HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)
  • Couples and Premarital Therapy
  • Relational issues/Boundaries
  • Self-care for the caregiver or therapist
  • Mindfulness
  • Self Development

Why Teletherapy?

In today's world, teletherapy simply makes sense. It's definitely the direction therapy seems to be heading, and there are many reasons why. Teletherapy is just easier to fit into our messy, busy lives.

  • No wasting time sitting in traffic or in waiting rooms.
  • If you're feeling a little under the weather, no need to cancel appointments for fear of spreading germs. It's an ideal solution for people who are medically fragile or have access issues.
  • It's often more comfortable for people to open up when they are in the familiar comfort of their own homes. Some people feel less inhibited talking to a therapist about vulnerable issues online rather than face to face.
  • Clients in their own homes have access to family members they may want to involve in treatment.

So what about the concerns? Some common concerns of people considering teletherapy are that the therapy will feel "impersonal" or somehow won't be as effective as in-person therapy. My online therapy clients express that while therapy over the internet may feel a little strange at first, they do get used to it quickly. Research shows that internet-based therapy is comparable to in-person therapy in satisfaction and effectiveness across diverse populations.


Please fill out the form below, and I will contact you to set up a free 20 minute phone consultation to determine whether we would be a good fit in working together.

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Get Started

We will use free, secure telemedicine technology for online therapy. I will send you a link that you will click on to start our sessions. Clients tell me that online therapy is simpler than they had expected, and they enjoy the convenience of not having to leave their home for their appointments.

You can download my Consent and Statement of Understanding for Teletherapy Sessions form here.

You can download my Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPPA) form here.

*I am now registered to provide online therapy for Florida residents (Registration number 23). FloridaHealth.gov