Associate Clinical Director and Expert in Borderline Personality Disorder

Katy Tarella, LCSW, serves as assistant clinical director of Mind Therapy Clinic and brings her expertise in borderline personality disorder treatment to clients in the Bay Area from her previous position at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Her focus on both learning from and collaborating with the foremost experts in the field of treating personality disorders has shaped Katy’s clinical approach to be a curious and engaged observer, and a life-long learner. Her therapeutic work is truly with her clients, and she values the experience of doing the work together – exploring and addressing the broad range of life experiences from struggles to triumphs.

Katy is a licensed clinical social worker, trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD), MBT for families, and General Psychiatric Management (GPM). Her integrated therapeutic approach allows her to extend flexibility with each client in understanding and treating their particular needs.

At Mind Therapy Clinic, Katy works with adolescents, adults, families and couples to help restore mental health, well-being, understanding and balance to important relationships. Together with her clients, she focuses on teaching the skills necessary to regulate and manage emotions, as well as helping them shape a life driven by one’s values. Along the way, she also works with them to accept the reality, loss and intense emotions that come up as part of the therapeutic process.

Katy holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College, in Boston, MA and her post-graduate training was completed at McLean Hospital’s Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute. In her free time, you can find Katy spending time with her two Bernese Mountain Dogs, trying to master the perfect sheet of brownies, or olympic weightlifting as her form of exercise and mindfulness.

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Katy tarella, lcsw assistant clinical director

Katy tarella, lcsw
assistant clinical director


"My therapeutic stance is - good therapy is born out of mutual understanding, empathy and compassion between therapist and client. My work is truly with my clients…"