Who We Are
Carolyn Klusmeier , MA MFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
"For much of my life I worked really hard to present a clean and tidy, wonder woman-like version of myself to the world. I hid behind the masks of perfectionism, people pleasing, and being a great rule follower. These masks of mine, which developed in childhood, protected me and helped manage my shame, fear of rejection, and anxiety. But in young adulthood, it became evident that hiding was no longer helpful and was getting in the way of authenticity and deep connection with others.
When I first sought therapy during my early twenties, it was in hopes of gaining assistance with processing my parents’ divorce. I soon realized that therapy provided so much more. The safe and sacred space crafted by my therapist provided the opportunity to get in touch with my true, authentic self, and explore beliefs I had like, “I am not enough.” I began to understand how these beliefs about myself, others, and God, and my patterns of relating and coping (both helpful and unhelpful) developed. Gaining self-awareness was empowering and liberating.
Therapy has been a welcomed resource for me in numerous seasons of my life, and has helped me overcome new challenges and stages in my journey, such as reentry after living abroad in El Salvador, switching careers, and marriage, to name a few. I have and continue to learn how to show up for myself with a compassionate stance.
I recognize the courage it takes to invite someone else into your healing process. Journeying alongside people as they face giants in their life like their past traumas, grief, conflict, shame, anxiety, and depression, and then move toward healing, health, and wholeness, is what I am most passionate about. I approach therapy with a holistic perspective, being mindful of the body, the mind, spirituality, and relational context. I invite you into a process of cultivating self-compassion, discovering your authentic self, and experiencing greater depth in your relationships."
Carolyn specializes in:
- EMDR (Part I and II Trained)— A therapeutic approach that facilitates healing from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of traumatic experiences.
- Couples/Relationship issues (Training: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship)
- Pre-marital counseling (Certified in PREPARE/ENRICH program)
- Issues relating to identity
- Loss/violent loss and grief
- Life transitions
- Adult children of divorce
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #100568
Supervised by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
B.S. in Liberal Studies with Concentration in Spanish (Elementary Education) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary, San Diego, CA