Meet Karla

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, trauma-informed yoga teacher

I blend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with mindfulness, self-compassion and yoga. We will start by gaining awareness of your emotions and thought process. We'll identify and replace unhelpful thoughts that are keeping you stuck.  I will challenge you to think differently, but I'll do so in a way that is kind and supportive. My number one goal is for you to feel comfortable and supported so that we can dive into the difficult work. I use my background as a yoga instructor to teach you new tools to cope with the physical discomfort of anxiety through breathing exercises, mindfulness, and yoga.  I also offer Exposure and Response Prevention to help my clients with OCD get control over intrusive thoughts and worries, decrease unhelpful coping, and learn to cope with uncertainty. It's hard work, but so is trying to cope with anxiety on your own. Relief from anxiety is possible, I have seen so many of my clients learn to cope with their anxiety and feel calmer, happier, and more in control. Schedule your free consultation and let's get you on the path to a calmer, happier you.

-Karla

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Continuing Education

Throughout my twelve years as a therapist, my commitment to mental health and psychotherapy has led me to participate in many courses, trainings, and conferences, with the purpose of keeping up to date with the latest trends and techniques and improving my methods.  Below are some of the trainings I've taken that have helped inform my practice. 

Anxiety & OCD

  • Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • CBT for Anxiety

  • Conceptual Understanding of OCD: How to identify the "doubting disease"

  • Intrusive Thoughts Training

  • Autism and OCD

  • NOCD Therapist Training

  • OCD and Eating Disorders

  • OCD's 10 Biggest Tricks and How to Defeat Them

  • Co-occurring OCD and PTSD

 

Yoga

  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification

  • Exhale to Inhale: Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training

  • Introduction to Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

 

Trauma

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cultural Context of Trauma Recovery

  • Treating Complex Childhood Trauma: Targeting the building blocks of resilience, the ARC framework

  • Trauma Informed Practice for Mental Health Professionals

  • Understanding Trauma-Informed Care with Transition Age Youth

  • The Mental Health Impact of Political Trauma on U.S. Immigrant Children and Families

  • Supervision

  • Advanced Clinical Supervision: Group Supervision

  • Foundations of Clinical Supervision

  • Colorful Disclosures: Enhancing Transformative Supervision

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

 

Misc.

  • Evidenced-Based Treatment & Patient Diversity: What we know and why it matters

  • Boundaries, Home Visits, and Other Out-of-Office Experiences in Psychotherapy: Ethical and Clinical Considerations

  • Ethics and Soul: Home visits, interacting with clients outside of the office and other boundaries and multiple relationships in psychotherapy

  • Financial Transference, Financial Trauma, and Financial Health

  • The Eye of the Tiger: Understanding and responding to aggression and death in therapy

  • Emotional Intelligence and Diveristy Skills in Clinical Practice Training

  • Creating Safe and Affirming Environments for LGBTQ Youth

  • Resiliency and Risk Factors for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth

  • Using Play Therapy to Address Anxiety in Children

  • Eating Disorders: Basics and beyond

  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

  • Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

 

My past trainings, groups, & events

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid 8 hour training

  • Mindfulness and Stress Management for Physicians

  • Mental Health and Meditation for Physicians

  • Introduction to Trauma-Informed Yoga

  • Using Self-Compassion to Combat Compassion Fatigue 

  • Fall Yoga at the Park

  • Sip and Snip Vision Board Night 

  • Self-Compassion Group