Kelsey Kilponen, LCSW

Kelsey Kilponen, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LIC NO. 101640

Oakland, CA


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Foresight. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on violence prevention and trauma-informed practice at the University of Chicago. I have 5+ years experience working with youth, young adults, adults, caregivers, and entire family systems in community-based and school-based mental health settings. I have supported young people and their families with navigating life transitions; coping with chronic stress and complex trauma; cultivating hope and resilience through challenge; and advocating for their needs, rights and what they deserve within oppressive or dominating systems and institutions. My approach blends formal theories of relationships, attachment and trauma healing practices along with grassroots, community-based understanding of social justice and collective liberation. I seek to build safe, authentic and attuned relationships with members and support them with identifying, practicing and integrating the skills needed to manage challenges or stressors in their lives. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, foster care issues, caregiver support, issues impacting the LGBTQIA+ community, and personal growth. I additionally am a support to white-identifying individuals looking to unpack their whiteness and privilege in order to build or enhance the anti-racist practice in their lives, from a place of care and in accountability to Communities of Color. Healing happens in relationships. The relationship we have with ourselves, with others, and with the larger community. I identify as a white, queer, cisgender woman, and I hope to develop healing relationships with members of all identities and backgrounds, focused on consent, care, trust, and choice. You deserve to heal & you deserve a healing relationship that feels like the best fit for you!


Child or Adolescent Issues
Family Caregiving Stress
Foster Care Issue
Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
White Privilege/Fragility