Meet Jacqueline Kao

Jacqueline (Jackie) Kao is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW88835) who earned her Masters degree in social work from the University of Southern California, and received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Jackie found a passion for helping others when she began working as a behavior interventionist, where she provided 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children and teens with developmental disabilities. During this time she also worked as a behavior consultant where she provided coaching services to parents with children on the autism spectrum. 

Jackie has years of experience providing both behavioral and mental health therapy to young children and teens. She currently works as a School Counselor at KIPP: SoCal Public Schools where she provides school-based individual and group counseling services to students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). She has treated a range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and behavior. In addition to working with children and teens, Jackie has also provided direct psychotherapeutic services to adults with mental illnesses (i.e., Generalized Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in an outpatient recovery setting. 

Jackie draws from her experience in behavior and mental health when providing client-centered care, with her ultimate goal of supporting individuals to reach their goals and improving overall well being. She utilizes an integrative approach to mental health treatment that incorporates mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused elements.