Esteemed clinician Kara brings to the Sherman Oaks team a passionate commitment to the health and wellbeing of today’s youth and an unparalleled ability to connect with our clients and their families. Using her extensive experience working with teens, Kara steadfastly supports the clinical team in their mission to bring hope and healing into the lives of struggling young people.
Kara describes her choice to begin a career in psychology as a desire to bring something good into the world. She holds two graduate degrees from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, California, one in marriage and family therapy and a second in art therapy and psychology. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist with thousands of hours of experience counseling teens and families.
After graduation, Kara completed a practicum as an MFT student in the eating disorders program at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. As a clinician in their comprehensive care program, Kara led groups for teens in art therapy, journaling, parent support and consultation as well as meal support, milieu therapy and process groups.
“Adolescence is such a challenging time in our lives and I care deeply about all of the teens who come to us. The work is never boring.”
Kara believes that authenticity and integrity are the two most important values to adhere to when counseling teens. For Kara, being able to hear and see clients for who they really are and to understand them at a most fundamental personal level is essential to providing meaningful and effective treatment. Kara’s experience is extensive as she has helped countless teens heal from their struggles with eating disorders, self-esteem, body image, anger management, self-harm and more.
When she is not at Adolescent Growth, Kara enjoys spending time with her beloved boyfriend, going to the gym and staying active. She also loves to cook and her favorite cuisine is Mexican. In her spare time, she is also an avid painter who creates surrealistic portraits. She brings her love of life with her to the facility every day and we are grateful to have her with us.