Personal Approach and Philosophy
Unconditional acceptance, compassion, authenticity, and guidance — all serve as a basis for my approach as a psychologist. I recognize that no one wants to be pathologized or reduced to a diagnosis. It is my commitment to my clients that I recognize each person as a unique human being with his or her own gifts as well as struggles. Because of this, I do not practice a “one size fits all” approach to psychotherapy. Depending on your own individual issues and needs, I assess what combination of psychotherapuetic tools would best benefit you. Some of these tools may include humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt, somatic, EMDR, emotionally focused and transpersonal therapeutic approaches.
Finally, while I bring my expertise, training and education into my work as a psychologist, I also bring my humanity. I bring my experience as another human being who knows what it is like to navigate the challenges that life inevitably offers up. I have discovered over the many years of self reflection and personal growth, that there is always a way. I have discovered that while pain is an inevitable part of being human, suffering does not have to be.
I believe in change, and that no one is beyond help. I believe that we all have an innate capacity to heal, and that sometimes all it takes is a skilled and present guide to make all the difference in a persons life.
I am a licensed psychologist (PSY 21149), having received my doctoral degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2002. I have had over fifteen years of experience working with clients. My specializations include work with anxiety, depression and trauma. I also specialize in working with couples in crisis, as well as couples simply looking to have a more satisfying and loving connection. While utilizing various approaches in my couple’s work, my primary orientation is based in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an attachment based therapeutic approach.
Along with my work as a psychotherapist, I also serve as a clinical supervisor psychotherapy interns at the Marina Counseling Center in San Francisco. On a more personal note, I have been married for eleven years, and am a mother of a nine year old boy. My experience with marriage and parenting deeply informs the work that I do, particularly as it applies to my work with couples and families.
For more information or to schedule an initial appointment, please contact Karen at:
Karenmotan@sbcglobal.net, or by calling (415) 460-9117.