Kara Swedlow

Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT

Verified by Psychology Today
11 Endorsed
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Kara Swedlow

Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT

Verified by Psychology Today
11 Endorsed

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Kara Swedlow, PhD, MFT
5435 College Ave
Suite 202-6
Oakland, CA 94618
(415) 347-8854

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About

My work is integrative, blending depth psychology with studies in attachment, neuroscience, and relational and developmental psychology. I am influenced by analytic traditions which contain a focus on trauma, and studies in contemporary neuroscience, which show how our brains process our affective (emotional) experience, particularly in the context of relationship. In addition to discussing your current and historical life experiences in our sessions, we may incorporate your dreams and somatic (body) mindfulness practices, such as exploring body sensations and their emotional counterparts.
I have a wide range of clinical experience with culturally and socially diverse clients, including Bay Area homeless youth, students at Cal State East Bay and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as individuals, couples and groups in private practice.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I have a background in fiction, poetry, music, and visual art. I have a special interest in working with sexual abuse and other trauma, shame and self-esteem, and issues unique to artists, performers, writers, and activists.

Finances

  • Cost per Session: $200
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: Cash, Check, Venmo
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 14 Years
  • Prelicense: California / MFC52221
  • School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Year Graduated: 2016

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California / Psychoanalyst
  • Certificate Date: 2019
  • Degree: California Institute of Integral Studies / Masters in Counseling Psychology
  • Year graduated: 2009

Endorsements

Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, CADCIII, NCC

Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, PsyD

Psychologist, PhD

Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD

Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP, CEDS-S

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW-S

Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT

Location

Kara Swedlow, PhD, MFT
5435 College Ave
Suite 202-6
Oakland, CA 94618
(415) 347-8854

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
Specialties
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Mood Disorders
Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality (BPD)
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Narcissistic Personality (NPD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders (DID)
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Age
  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
Communities
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Gay Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Queer Allied
  • Transgender Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Trauma Focused
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group

Links

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Last Modified: 3 Feb 2022
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Kara Swedlow

Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT