Kaitlyn Nelson, LCSW, RYT-200
inspiring healing & building resilience
I have been working in the field of social work for nearly 10 years with individuals, couples, and families within the foster care system & hospital settings. 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. In my free time I enjoy exploring nature, hiking, watching sunsets, attending live concerts, reading, advocating for social justice, and being with husband and our animals; a giant German Shepherd and two cats.
Education & Experience
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 Masters 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 skills groups for neurodiverse 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. From January 2015 to April 2022, 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.
In 2017, I met my licensing requirements and sat for the board exam, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). 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 will be forever grateful to my beloved teachers, Lauren McLaren and Jamie Lee, as well as my mentor Sydney Cohen, who taught me about self-compassion, taking risks, having a sense of humor, and living a holistic life.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME
Radical Compassion with Tara Brach
ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals
Trust-Based Relational Interventions
Healing from Codependency
Teaching Mindfulness to Children
Anxiety / Panic
Adjustment / Life Transitions
Grief / Loss
Foster Care / Adoption Issues
“Happiness lies not in finding what is missing, but in finding what is present."