Who We Are
Kari Katzenmeier , MA MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. This quote by Anais Nin describes well my experience of coming to a place where not making changes (in the way I was engaging in relationships and life) would be more harmful than daring to try a new way. It was terrifying to even think about.
So, I have been on your side of the couch. I sat there for a while. (A long while). I was heard, validated, invited to view things differently, and gently nudged towards a healthier way. The pace at which I felt I could engage in the process was respected. And it was slow. And that was okay. I have been on this journey for a while now, and I know the way a bit. It would be an honor to help guide the way for you, your child, or your family.
Early in my career, I was introduced to Play Therapy and experienced how it transformed the work I did with children. I learned that children often use toys and play to express their inner world of thoughts, feelings, and emotional wounds. When provided with an environment that meets their developmental level, a child often times will show what is troubling them. Expressing their worries and hurts in this way can alleviate behavior problems, increase confidence, develop problem solving skills, and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Kari specializes in:
- Women of all ages
- Children and teens
- Families in transition, separating/divorcing, and navigating trauma
LICENSING, ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC# 86045
Member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT)
Member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Play Therapy Certificate Program, UCSD Extension
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary San Diego
B.A. in Government from The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA