Hello, We Are Just A Girl

Just A Girl uses technology to foster inclusive mental health and womxn's empowerment efforts globally. Our goal is simple: elevate our emotions, experiences and voices as womxn. Our work has two streams:

 

Support & Solutions.

 

Our Support initiatives focus on building community. We do that by holding safe space for the difficult,

as well as the beautiful, aspects of our lives as womxn (knowing that both often exist at the same time).

This includes our podcasting and on-demand radio programs as well as the Just A Girl online forum.

Our Solutions initiatives focus on driving meaningful action for individuals, communities and companies. We do that by crafting ways for people to learn, grow and dismantle systems of patriarchy and oppression around them. This includes trainings, classes, tech for good, data for good and consulting.

You are so much more than just a girl. It's time we talk about how.

Kirsten Helgeson

Founder + CEO

Kirsten is a social change strategist and advocate, using tech to drive mental health and women's empowerment efforts globally. She's embraced being the mouthy but kind voice of reason in most situations and actively advocates for people at varying points on the privilege spectrum. She loves nerdy dance parties, international travel and coffee.

 

Kirsten believes in active compassion, creativity and connection. That if we want to make the world a better place, we have to start by building authentic, honest relationships. Her goal is to build a global sisterhood of support and solutions capable of helping all 4 billion women on the planet thrive.

Samantha Silverberg

Chief Support Officer

Samantha is our very own punk rock therapist. As a fourth-year doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University, earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology, Samantha brings a fresh approach to solutions and support across the Just A Girl universe. She's passionate about individualized, evidence-based therapy and clinical interventions that support people in their times of need. Samantha has a friendly, warm presence and deep dedication to the people she works with. This builds a collaborative and thoughtful approach to therapy and emotional well-being. Her research and training has focused on thorough diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based interventions including CBT, extensive training in DBT, ACT for children, and TF-CBT. She also helped to develop a social skills training series for elementary and high-school aged students. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in educational settings, private practices, outpatient clinics and residential treatment facilities.

 

Samantha’s academic research focuses on attachment relationships. She also serves as a researcher at the Parent-Infant Center of Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s. She has been the co-author of several poster presentations at a variety of conferences including the American Psychological Association, Society for Research on Child Development, American Academy of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for Research on Adolescence. Samantha initially received her B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education and then received M.A. degrees from the New School for Social Research and LaSalle University, with a focus on early childhood development. During this time, she worked at Beth Israel Medical Center as a research assistant on a national study focusing on the development of Developmental Trauma Disorder.

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