Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCSW, AMFT, APCC
This has truly been a crazy time! If you are feeling overwhelmed, confused, lonely, sad, traumatized or any other normal, healthy reaction to crazy times, we totally get it. It's hard to get traction and make sense of things when nothing makes sense. You are not alone. We feel you, we're here for you, we want to help you. We've got amazing therapists here at Acorn who happen to be amazing humans also. We are all walking through this together. You don't have to do it alone. Please let us find you the right person to connect you with and get the support you need.
I am a pediatrician whose work focuses on helping children help themselves in dealing with many issues common to childhood including anxiety, bedwetting, dealing with chronic disease, depression, headaches, habit cough, hair pulling, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, pain, phobias, seizures, shortness of breath, tics, and vocal cord dysfunction. I also help children improve their academic and athletic performance, deal with existential questions, and develop a better spiritual understanding.
Do you feel bad and alone? Do you have a hard time finding a way out of your situation? Are you suffering from trauma or abuse? Do you feel disconnected from your family, your community? When you try to connect with others, or tell your story, no one believes you? Do people tell you to do things against your heart, culture, values, and obligations? Do you feel that your devotion to your relationships just brings you betrayals and other bad results. You are not alone. I believe and can understand you. I have been there. Over 20 years, I have been working with the Vietnamese who struggle as I did . Together, I can help you through it.
I am a licensed psychologist with an emphasis in anxiety disorders and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of focus have been on stress related issues, relationship issues, and life changing events which include completing college, career changes, and coping with loss.
I am an experienced, highly intuitive and compassionate psychologist. My work, The Awakened Heart, draws together three decades of applying many approaches to personal growth, healing and spiritual development. As a skilled professional dedicated to the practical application of healing and meeting life's challenges, I create a safe space for those who work with me to find within themselves the resources, talents and wisdom to live life more fully. I am gifted at helping those who are facing important decisions, who are in crisis, or who feel stuck, own their heart and recreate themselves to move forward.
People seek a psychotherapist because they are experiencing emotional distress, often caused by issues related to relationships, family, marital problems, stress, and general dissatisfaction with one's life or work. My job as a psychologist is to find a path leading to both relief of these symptoms and to an understanding of oneself, which together provide for both short term and long term relief from these states. I do this by providing a non-judgmental and supportive therapeutic environment which promotes a deeper understanding and exploration of oneself, with the belief that this increased self-awareness ultimately leads to positive changes and better coping skills.
Welcome! And congratulations on taking the first step toward feeling better. It is not uncommon for people to feel scared about setting up a counseling appointment. My nonjudgmental and supportive style can create a safe atmosphere. My focus is on a strength-based approach, empowering clients to utilize their unique strengths to overcome challenges. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating.
Life has its ups and downs. At times, we may struggle to navigate the downs leading to us feeling lost and confused. It is normal for us to engage in coping skills that help us feel good in the moment, though sometimes that leads to us feeling not so good in the long run. Asking for help is hard and we often don't speak up, especially with the stigma attached to mental health. I want you to know that you don't have to suffer alone, there is help out there, and you deserve to live a life you enjoy.
I understand, it's not always easy to take that first step. Being vulnerable can feel a bit scary--especially if you don't know the person. So let me share a little bit about myself. I have nearly 30 years of experience specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-esteem, eating disorders, and relationship difficulties. I work mostly with adults, couples, and adolescents. As for my clinical orientation, I pull from many disciplines to find just the right fit for my clients' needs. My toolbox includes strategies from EMDR, CBT, Self-Psychology, Inner Family Systems, AEDP, EFT, and Energy Medicine.
Through my own experience of adoption, I utilizes a humanistic approach to my work with patients of all ages. I have experience working with children ages 6-18, adults, and couples, with a variety of issues including depression, social anxiety, self-image concerns, eating disorders, and cyclothymia.
The desire to create a healthier, more balanced, and more peaceful world is what drives my every action. From yoga, to meditation, to power-walking with friends and loved ones, I believe that every step taken with intent and purpose is a step that moves us, together, toward a more preferable future. Through my inclusive work with and among diverse populations—age, ethnicity, and otherwise—I have formed the understanding that at our very core, at our very best, we are all yearning for such a future full of harmony and balance. I will work closely with you as you strive to attain your own personal sense of peace.
Welcome to my practice. I have about 15 years of clinical experience and have been featured on NBC/KCAL/HLN as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
Dr. Nicole Karst is a clinical forensic psychologist, nurse, and veteran. She has extensive health and mental health treatment experience at all levels of care ranging from hospitalization to outpatient psychotherapy. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood instability, obsessive thoughts, relationship problems, stress management, and mind-body wellness.
My mission is to provide a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe place for you to process, identify, and heal. I believe that every client has the strength to make positive changes, and I am here to be a supportive and genuine guide. In therapy, I will honor your vulnerability and connect with you on a deep and empathetic level in order to instill hope. My goal is to help clients reach their full potential in life by breaking down the negative beliefs and lies that were taught to us starting at a very young age.
Have you ever felt like you were busy doing all the things you thought would bring you a happy life, yet felt alone and disconnected from yourself and others? These feelings are often when people turn to alcohol, drugs, food, shopping or relationships to try to create those feelings of happiness, contentment and joy. It can work for a short time however the key to moving forward is to understand the reasons we seek out these distractions.
My focus in our work is to accompany you, both as a guide and a companion, in your search for a deeper sense of yourself, finding your "place in the world", both individually and in relationship. I believe you have the wisdom within for your own growth and healing. In response to the problems in our lives, we all develop survival strategies and coping mechanisms that keep us disconnected from our true self. Because we do this unconsciously, the resulting thoughts and behaviors can sometimes make us wonder if something is wrong with us.
Have you ever felt like life's daily stressors are too much to handle? Are you wondering where you can turn to find some extra support? We all face challenges in our life, whether it is a transition to a new school or job, conflict in relationships, or difficulty managing our emotions. Seeking professional help can be the first vital step in making a change. La Jolla Therapy Center works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples looking to transform their lives. Our goal is to work collaboratively with you to explore the shifts needed to launch you into a life filled with joy, peace, and fulfillment.
Most people experience times or situations in their life in which additional support and help are needed. I offer a supportive, open and trusting environment to facilitate desired growth and change within the individual and/or the family. I have been working with in the field since 1994 and have enjoyed watching people make positive life changes. I look forward to the opportunity of helping you!
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in La Jolla are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in La Jolla then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in La Jolla, or Child Psychologists in La Jolla.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like La Jolla psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in La Jolla specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.