Kirstin Carl, M.S., MFT, Counseling in Encino, California, 91316

Kirstin Carl, M.S., MFT

Kirstin Carl, M.S., MFT

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFC
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 19331

I know it takes courage to ask for help.
As you read my profile, you may be struggling with feelings of shame, uncertainty, or worry about therapy.
By reaching out to a therapist, you are taking the first step on your healing path toward fulfillment, meaning, and joy.
Therapy may be the key to opening a door to changing unhealthy patterns holding you back from the life you desire to live.
My approach grows out of my passionate belief in the transformative power of relationships. I believe that our early relational experiences significantly impact our future relationships. They influence our ways of viewing ourselves and others. Connecting with a compassionate therapist, you can heal from the pain of your past, and then open the door of possibility to more gratifying connections with others. A secure, healthy relationship with a therapist is a starting point for building desired healthy relationships in other areas of your life, like with peers, co-workers, romantic partners, and so on. Together, we will work to increase your sense of well-being, so that you may navigate life's challenges without regressing toward old, self-defeating behaviors. I will give you concrete tools for your successful life changes. Drawing on my experience and abilities, I offer a unique atmosphere of safety, trust, acceptance, and compassionate exploration. I am deeply committed to providing an environment where you feel safe to uncover the hidden and tender places in your heart, while partnering with you towards deep emotional healing, growth, & lasting change. I have devoted my professional development to creating a therapeutic experience in which the wounds & scars you carry in your heart can heal, bringing forth freedom & wholeness that previously felt out of reach. I practice and identify with the Christian faith, for anyone who is seeking a faith-based therapeutic process.

Email or Call Kirstin Carl, M.S., MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19331

More Info About My Practice

I am here to partner with you and walk beside you in discovering joy and clarity, even in your darkest places.
No matter what your age is, you still have a chance to experience freedom from the bondage of past hurts & regrets.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in working with survivors of sexual abuse & other trauma. I compassionately approach the avoidance & shame connected to trauma, in order to join with clients to overcome obstacles to healing. My clinical, personal, & educational experiences contribute to my ability to help you overcome the trauma of your past & thrive in the present, leading to hope & transformation.
I also specialize in mother-daughter relationships, helping you to break free from the hurt and remove the obstacles holding you back from the healthy connection you desire.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I feel honored to have the privilege of walking with clients through the dark places in their hearts, & then into the light of a life of freedom from emotions & behavior patterns that previously kept them in bondage. The joy of my life is building an atmosphere of trust & safety that allows clients to reach new levels of success.

My Therapy Focus

Although I practice & identify with the Christian faith, my therapeutic practice is not limited to Christian clients.
For those who are seeking a faith-based therapeutic experience, I incorporate The Lord into the treatment process. I help my Christian clients discover the ways that their experiences & pain affect the way they view The Lord. I gently guide my Christian clients into a healthy relationship with The Lord.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

I believe that safety & trust in the client-therapist relationship are the most important factors in determining the outcome of therapy. I have a strong ability to join with clients to form an effective client-therapist alliance. I create an atmosphere of acceptance, so that clients may begin to value themselves & discover their true identities.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • Singales
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    Sexual abuse and other trauma survivors, adolescents, young adults, co-dependency, mother-daughter relationships, couples.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

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