Kathy is a lifelong resident of California. She was born and raised in the central valley, the home to all things agriculture. Kathy has lived in both northern and southern California, and the bay area for a short time. She returned to her hometown 18 years ago where she has made her home.
Kathy began her career as a Marriage and Family Therapist after a long career in the sports nutrition and fitness industry. During this time, she owned and operated national sports nutrition retail stores, created and produced Fresno’s first NPC body building show and traveled as a fitness model for Gaspari Nutrition.
Through these experiences and others, she was inspired to create a new non-profit organization, that would begin to address the needs of the highly at-risk youth of Tulare County and the surrounding area. Kathy founded Tulare County’s first Licensed Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter, Genesis House.
Left: Kathy’s son JD and his wife, Mia, with their daughter, Harper.
Right: Kathy’s stepdaughter, Paige, with her husband Alex, and their kids, Kinslee Brave and Karson Alexander.
Kathy Looper, LMFT, CDWF-C
Kathy worked with homeless youth in the Porterville area when she opened the runaway and homeless youth shelter
As a graduate intern, she worked with female felony parolees as they transitioned from prison into a residential treatment facility to complete their sentence. This experience and the time she spent volunteering at Tulare County’s Juvenile Justice Detention Facility gave her a heart and a desire to work with the offender-based population, who are often misguided, misunderstood, abandoned, broken, and abused members of our society.
Kathy’s true talent and gifting is in helping people and organizations reach their full potential by addressing the areas of their life where hurt, pain, victimization, or identity has had center stage. She is a natural problem solver, creator and developer of ideas, identifying blind spots and finding the gap where a need exists. Kathy is a true advocate for all and especially those who haven’t found their voice.
She believes “at the root of all psychological and emotional distress, is the absence and/or lack of love, acceptance and belonging. When this need is not met, we consciously and subconsciously find other ways to fill the void, often through self-destructive behaviors.” The vast majority of people do not know how to love themselves or find value in who they are, especially when coming from backgrounds of abuse, addiction or abandonment. When a person understands their value, their self-worth, their reason for being, the psychological and emotional distress dissipates, and behaviors change. Her approach to therapy is to merge evidenced-based theory with Biblical principles to help clients find their own identity, their worth and their purpose. There can be a balance between faith and the walking-out process of life. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Kathy is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, a Shame Resilience Theory based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D, LCSW. She is also an ordained Christian Minister, well versed in the Bible. “I believe change is possible. I believe living an authentic life is true freedom and I believe that God is in the business of restoration, redemption and reconciliation. Anything is possible IF you can believe! Why not give yourself permission to live your best life!”
Current Ministries and organizations
Kathy Looper is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Daring Way Facilitator, based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D., LCSW and an ordained minister. She works full-time in her private practice, California Christian Counseling, where she uses evidenced based theory and Biblical based principles to help children, adolescents, teens, and adults work through their mental and behavioral health struggles.
Kathy founded of Last Arrow Ministries, Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit, that equips people for a life of purpose through short term Bible and book studies. It is a ministry devoted to educating people through short-term classes, discover their true self, their purpose, their gifting, and most of all, discover a true accurate understanding of God.
Redeem California is a culmination of the years she has invested to help others and to make a difference in any way possible. Her deep conviction that God is a God of the impossible, has prompted her to challenge other believers to take God at his word. The mission is to inspire God-fearing believers to run for political office in California—to win back our cities, counties, and state.
In 2018, Kathy was presented with “Volunteer of the Year” for California’s 26th District, by Assemblyman Devon Mathis for the work she did to build the runaway and homeless youth shelter.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Kathy.