Penelope Starr-Karlin, PsyD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles
If you are seeking help for a catastrophe, cumulative smaller traumas or self-in-relationship difficulties, I would like to introduce myself. I offer a safe, kind, emotionally supportive and effective relational home to understand and illuminate what has happened, and work to dissolve anything interfering with your happiness. In these anxiety provoking times upheavals at international, national, and personal levels of our lives haunt us creating extra difficulty with self-esteem, relationships, decisions, or influence. You will find me experienced, warm, empathic, and responsive and I am highly trained. To learn more please take a look at my website, or email me.
Psychotherapy is my 'art' and passion. I am easy to talk to, genuine, positive, and astute. Trauma is profound and shapes our ways of encountering life and responding to its challenges. It can make us fearful, stuck, and limited. I am interested in an emancipatory approach.
I am British-born, and an unusually varied life experience has exposed me to many diverse communities. My passion for this work has led me to study, teach, and supervise Jungian, Relational Psychoanalytic, Attachment, and Humanistic theories. I currently supervise contemporary relational psychoanalytic candidates and write for international psychoanalytic journals.
Call or Email Penelope Starr-Karlin for a free phone consultation now - (310) 391-8718


  • Years in Practice: 18 Years
  • School: Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • Year Graduated: 1997
  • License No. and State: MFC37181 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $170 - $220
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • PPO
  • Shepell/FGI Canada
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Degree: Institute Contemporary Psychoanalysis / PsyD in Contemp.PsychoAnalysis
  • Year graduated: 2011
  • Degree: ICP/LA / Training & Supervising Analyst
  • Year graduated: 2011

Penelope Starr-Karlin's Groups

Dream Group for Therapists

A group for therapists to bring dreams and practice interpreting and working with dreams in various ways drawn from contemporary analytical perspectives. Part didactic, part experiential, part group process.

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Dreams: Sleeping Vision, Waking Muse

A group for anyone interested in understanding their dreams. We use a group process and everyone can be involved. Co-Leaders (Penelope Starr-Karlin,Psy.D.,MFT., and Larry Starr-Karlin, JD, MFT) facilitate and add to the unfolding meanings that emerge.

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Psychoanalytic Journal Study Group

A study group that reviews recent Contemporary Relational and Jungian analytic journals. Rotating format, articles are chosen by the month's presenter. Discussion follows with an emphasis on application of ideas to cases.

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  • Grief
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Codependency
  • Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personal Growth, Individuation
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Weight Loss

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders


  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Compassion Focused
  • Existential
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Jungian
  • Jungian, Sandtray
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Sand Play
  • Supervision Services
  • Transpersonal
  • Trauma Focused


  • Individuals
  • Couples


  • Video Counseling
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2017
Penelope Starr-Karlin, PsyD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles

Penelope Starr-Karlin

Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT