Photo by Ana Elisa Fuentes
I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1980, and have lived in Santa Barbara County for nearly forty years. My private practice deals with couples, same and opposite sex; individuals, men and women; all challenged with the issues of gaining healthy sexuality, assertiveness, boundary setting, and learning clear, loving communication.
Also for many years I have specialized in working with Adults Molested As Children, both women and men, as well as their significant others. These folks tend to have a special constellation of emotional issues, often requiring long term therapy. Growing up in a dysfunctional family system produces numerous hurdles for the wounded child becoming an adult. I have the patience and skill to deal with this population, which tend to be hard-working and devoted to their growth, once they commit to the therapeutic process.
In fact, I generally feel very inspired by my clients. These men and women are very dedicated to living more functional, joy-filled lives, and I am happy to be part of the journey in their personal evolution.
Here are some of my simple tips for finding a therapist who is right for you...
- Male or female therapist, or does it matter?
- About the same age as yourself, or is younger irrelevant? Remember, older is not always wiser!
- Regarding finances, does the practitioner take your health insurance; does she offer a sliding fee scale; can you afford her rates?
Importantly, during your initial inquiry, do you sense that you resonate well with the therapist? Would you feel safe sharing your deepest secrets with this person?
Please view my website at www.karenleahk.com for testimonials and the link for my video interview.
Also, as a Spirited Woman community member, call me for a free 15-minute telephone consultation at 805-745-1543. If you are not in the Santa Barbara area or cannot travel for therapy, I would be happy to help network for you and find you the perfect therapist. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries. Ana Elisa Fuentes, who photographed Karen can be reached at: http://aefpix.blogspot.com.