There are many stressors in life related to family, work and cultural environments that create obstacles and conflict in oneself: a pressure to behave a certain way and hide other parts of oneself. This can cause a lot of anxiety and discord in a person. I believe uncovering these places of conflict and learning how to manage difficult feelings, in a safe and nurturing relationship, can bring relief from symptoms such as eating
disorders, anxiety, addiction, depression and ultimately create freedom in one’s life.
I approach my practice with warmth, humor, and curiosity toward whatever is discovered. In therapy, I can help you access your inner resources and teach you ways to manage stress, relationships and difficult emotions, with non-judgment, compassion and my experience.
My journey of recovery from my own eating disorder and professional experience in the arts led me to a fulfilling career in psychology. Finding freedom from food obsession, weight and body image has been a remarkable gift I wish to share. I am honored to accompany others on their path of recovery, to help them reconnect with their authentic self. I believe creative inquiry and the mind-body- spirit connection to be vehicles for transformation. When appropriate, I utilize expressive arts and mindfulness techniques in order to gain a deeper understanding into the physical, emotional and psychological processes that lead to change.
I see individual adults, teens and children in San Francisco, as well as facilitate groups around identity, empowerment and body image.
Education & Training
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy
B.F.A from New York University
Gestalt Psychotherapy Intensive Training from Bay Area Gestalt Institute
Narrative Therapy Training
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training
Mindfulness and Compassion Training
Private Practice for Adults, Teens & Children, San Francisco
Drama Therapist at Paradigm Residential Treatment Center, San Rafael
Clinical internship at the Marina Counseling Center, San Francisco
Clinical internship William Cobb Elementary School, San Francisco
Clinical internship at Lincoln Child Center, Oakland
Relief counselor at Progress Foundation, San Francisco
“Kari has been incredible, she is the only therapist I have ever talked to whom I feel has truly understood everything I am going through. She has helped me more than I can say, I am so grateful for her.”