KATHY CARLSON
PhD, MFT (LMFT17742)

KathyI have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1982, working with culturally diverse people of all ages and have been employed in the mental health field since 1973. I have worked with people recovering from abuse and trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as 12 Step program members. I created and then ran several treatment programs for individuals and families,dealing with abuse recovery. I also taught workshops, locally and nationally, on integrating mind/body awareness with emotional healing and about opening and educating the heart, for abuse survivors. I am a seasoned EMDR practitioner as well as a certified EMDRIA clinician and love that modality as a powerful tool for growth and for the processing of old patterns, trauma and pain. I ran group treatment programs and have led groups for decades and have a great love of groups as a medium for interpersonal change and healing.

I was originally educated in the visual arts, and remain a writer and poet to this day, as well as an active filmmaker, currently in the midst of producing a documentary film project. I believe we are all multi dimensional and often express only a small percent of the totality of who we are. While very conversant with trauma and suffering (30 years with trauma survivors, plus I spent a month in Bosnia after the cease fire working with women and children war survivors), I have regularly been amazed and gratified at the depths of beauty and resilience within the human spirit. My work as a therapist is definitely influenced by a belief in our inner strength and capacity for empowerment, creative flowering, the making of a meaningful life and the development of self worth. I believe people can choose to work to reclaim that beauty and inner authority and can redesign their lives to develop and reflect those strengths and skills. I also believe that life's transitions are doorways toward remaking the self.

My offices are in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo and San Francisco. I have lived on the coast since 1991.

700 Mill Street #14
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 619-1198

1710 South Amphlett Blvd. #210H
San Mateo, CA 94002
(650) 619-1198

1637 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
(650) 619-1198

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