Meet our Team of Specialized Clinicians

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Meet Dr. Linda Kim

I feel such privilege and honor to be a part of your life.  Coming from a family of 3 daughters and having 3 daughters myself, I am passionate about supporting women.  

I believe that a thoughtful, well-rounded approach to mental health care is required when helping my patients feel their best.  As a woman, mother, daughter, and working professional, I understand the complex juggling act that goes on in our lives.  I believe that feeling our emotional best as individuals has to involve understanding and embracing all the roles in our lives, in all the different stages that we go through.

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Meet Dr. Linda Kim

I feel such privilege and honor to be a part of your life.  Coming from a family of 3 daughters and having 3 daughters myself, I am passionate about supporting women.  

I believe that a thoughtful, well-rounded approach to

mental health care is required when helping my patients feel their best.  As a woman, mother, daughter, and working professional, I understand the complex juggling act that goes on in our lives.  I believe that feeling our emotional best as individuals has to involve understanding and embracing all the roles in our lives, in all the different stages that we go through.

Professionally, I have held a variety of roles, in addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice.  I was the Chief of Psychiatry of a large psychiatric department, and then also became an executive leader as Chair and Director for the entire Northern California region, leading the strategic operations of the mental health delivery system for a large health organization, serving over 4 million members. 

It was during this time that I became passionate about how to offer mental health care tailored specifically to the unique challenges that women need support with – feeling their emotional best through times of conception, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and menstrual cycle issues.  I also realized that women would benefit from mental health care that specifically addressed their unique needs, as many of these challenges weren’t being met by traditional mental health offerings.  That’s why I felt compelled to create Moon Mental Health.

I attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed my adult psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School at the Mass General Hospital/McLean program.  I have also completed additional training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

In my spare time, I love to take long walks and cheer on my daughters playing squash.  I admit to an occasional K-drama bingeing session!

Professionally, I have held a variety of roles, in addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice.  I was the Chief of Psychiatry of a large psychiatric department, and then also became an executive leader as Chair and Director for the entire Northern California region, leading the strategic operations of the mental health delivery system for a large health organization, serving over 4 million members. 

It was during this time that I became passionate about how to offer mental health care tailored specifically to the unique challenges that women need support with – feeling their emotional best through times of conception, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and menstrual cycle issues.  I also realized that women would benefit from mental health care that specifically addressed their unique needs, as many of these challenges weren’t being met by traditional mental health offerings.  That’s why I felt compelled to create Moon Mental Health.

I attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed my adult psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School at the Mass General Hospital/McLean program.  I have also completed additional training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

In my spare time, I love to take long walks and cheer on my daughters playing squash.  I admit to an occasional K-drama bingeing session!

Meet Dr. Jen Sweet

I believe that the most effective mental health support evolves from understanding all facets of a person’s life including the nuances of their relationships, health concerns, work-life balance, and life stressors, among a myriad of others. Treatment should be a collaborative process and, I believe, should include a variety of integrated approaches that when used together help people to heal and grow. As a woman and mother of two toddlers I feel connected to working with women who may be struggling in a variety of ways that aren’t always addressed in traditional mental health treatment. I’ve seen people close to me struggle with fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, complex emotions related to becoming mothers, and post-partum anxiety and depression, to name a few, and I’ve also seen them unsure of where to turn for support. Moon has evolved, in part, from this desire to create a nurturing space to help women heal from these difficulties.

I completed medical school at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at Cornell, and subsequently completed a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at New York University. I have completed an additional training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

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Dr. Karlene Alves

Meet Dr. Karlene Alves

In my practice of helping others strive for mental wellness, I believe in taking a holistic approach. I am mindful that an individual will serve in multiple roles throughout their lifetime, each that comes with its own set of challenges. I work to facilitate a space to process how a person’s different identities intersect with my ultimate goal being to create a foundation in which positive and effective change can occur.

In my work with clients I integrate a variety of approaches, including but not limited to Psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, and

IPT. Humans are dynamic and so I find it important to learn about each person I encounter to be able to meet their unique challenges and needs. I strongly encourage a collaborative approach to treatment as I find this to be most effective. As a woman, I feel particularly connected working with other women and their families through the various stages of the pregnancy process and beyond. My hope is to provide that space of support that can at times be difficult to come by during this life event that encompasses a number of transitions, internally and externally. 

I completed my undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College of California and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, San Francisco. I have completed training in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I have completed additional training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

Dr. Karlene Alves

Meet Dr. Karlene Alves

In my practice of helping others strive for mental wellness, I believe in taking a holistic approach. I am mindful that an individual will serve in multiple roles throughout their lifetime, each that comes with its own set of challenges. I work to facilitate a space to process how a person’s different identities intersect with my ultimate goal being to create a foundation in which positive and effective change can occur.

In my work with clients I integrate a variety of approaches, including but not limited to Psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, and IPT. Humans are dynamic and so I find it important to learn about each person I encounter to be able to meet their unique challenges and needs. I strongly encourage a collaborative approach to treatment as I find this to be most effective. As a woman, I feel particularly connected working with other women and their families through the various stages of the pregnancy process and beyond. My hope is to provide that space of support that can at times be difficult to come by during this life event that encompasses a number of transitions, internally and externally. 

I completed my undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College of California and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, San Francisco. I have completed training in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I have completed additional training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

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Meet Emma Tennison, LCSW

As a helping professional I view my role as that of an ally, confidant, collaborator – and very occasionally a guide.  I’m motivated to help others uncover and cultivate the skills and confidence they need to navigate periods of transition, stress, anxiety, grief, and depression.  Life’s stressors are complex.  We are impacted by world events, our environments, relationships, the histories of our people (our families, ancestors, communities), and our own unique collection of lived experiences.  As a therapist I’m invested in understanding your experience and working collaboratively with you to identify strategies to help you live your best life.

I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento.  During my career I have worked for a variety of community-based, non-profit organizations providing wraparound support services to children, families, and individuals.  My roles have included clinical case manager, crisis response, skills trainer/educator, and individual therapist (LCSW).  

Outside of work I enjoy nurturing my toddler’s curiosity about the world, adventuring with friends and family, and discovering new music.