Parenting the Child with Behaviors that Are Challenging
Home Class Information Class Mission Statement Class Schedule/Registration Work Experience
Esalen Photo

Kathy McNamara, M.A., LMFT
Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist, #33319
595 Millich Dr. Suite 102, Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 963-6694 x426

Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist
Central Coast Photo

Kathy’s clients include individuals, children, couples and families; she also leads groups in her office in Los Gatos. She utilizes her skills as a Process Therapist, implementing such modalities as Play Therapy, Gestalt Process, Sand Tray and Art Therapy, to name a few. The Process Model is an active form of therapy. Kathy works with families who have children with Special Needs, as well as with those who give them professional support. Special Needs may include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral issues, Delayed Development, Aspergers, Nonverbal Disorder, Autism, Sensory Integration Disorder and/or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Private Consultant

Kathy is committed to enhancing the lives of children by providing trainings to the adults who work with them. Being the parent of an adult son with a variety of Special Needs, she is provided with firsthand life experiences of parenting, which enhance her professional work. She is available for consultation to schools, agencies, groups and corporations, in addition to offering presentations to those interested in: developing effective communication and positive discipline skills, parenting issues, working with children with Special Needs, day care provider trainings, integrating children with Special Needs, support groups, menopause, couples communication and a variety of other subjects. She has been presenting throughout Santa Clara for over 25 years on a variety of topics, and providing trainings for (but not limited to): a variety of schools, day cares, foster parents, colleges, conferences, private agencies and public health nurses.

Parent Educator for the YWCA

Kathy began working as a Parent Educator in 1982, facilitating classes for parents of preschool and school-age children using Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) as a model. After 5 years, she noticed her needs as a parent of a child who has Delayed Development were not being fulfilled. She then developed and implemented a program designed to meet the needs of parents and those working with children who have a variety of Special Needs.

Milpitas School District

For 4 years, Kathy worked with at-risk children, their families and teachers, collaborating between home and school, providing individual, teacher and family support.

Prodigy Daycare Centers

Kathy has the experience of being a Consultant and Parent Educator for two of Prodigy's Centers. She ran brown bag lunches and parenting classes, supported the staff through trainings as well as in the classrooms and worked with parents individually, including attending parent meetings with the staff.

Family Education Foundation

For two years, Kathy provided trainings throughout Santa Clara and participated in a variety of committees, all focusing on serving the population of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the adults who work and live with them.

University of California Santa Cruz Extension

In the Early Childhood Program for almost 20 years, Kathy has taught two classes:
1. Managing the Behaviors of Children Who Are Challenging and
2. Positive Guidance and Discipline For Children.

Lifetime Teaching Credential K-8