“I help kids be okay with who they are.”
“I work well with the kids who are kind of social misfits or feel like outsiders. I am able to convey that I know, and I understand. I help them increase their self-confidence, build more friendships, and be better able to live with their own ‘quirkiness.’
“It is my goal to help these young people find their meaning in life.”
Kit Baker grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and holds a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. Kit works very well with kids and teens who feel like they don’t “fit in.” (Read Kit’s excellent article, “Ask a Therapist: How Can I Fit in Better at School?“) He is also skilled at helping couples improve their relationships, and Kit is an active member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Kit excels at helping children and adolescents who face challenges such as depression, anxiety, family conflict, abuse, self harm, and many others. He shares, “From the ‘Files of I wish someone had explained to me when I was 11 or 12”: You can’t make anyone like you, but you can make yourself more likeable. A lot of times in our efforts to make more kids like us, we have the opposite effect. The solution is instead to do things like portray confidence and try to expand your interests, like I talk about in this article.”
He enjoys using Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Neurofeedback.
“With Solution Focused Therapy, I talk about my clients’ strengths and what they’re good at. Lots of our clients in foster care have been told they’re bad, how they have all these problems. Many times their good goes unrecognized.”
Kit and his wife have two young daughters. “Having two little ones 2 and under is a challenge and tiring, but I wouldn’t change a thing!” He adds, “My 2-year-old just learned the word ‘no’ and she’s been putting it to great use.”
In his free time, Kit enjoys watching sci-fi shows, including “Dr. Who,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Stranger Things,” and he likes cooking, especially Southern dishes. He enjoys being a counselor because of his passion for helping people. His goal is to help children and adults overcome their problems and regain their self-confidence so they can enjoy life to the fullest.