Kari Tuggle-Nord,Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Education Specialist

Kari Tuggle-Nord,Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Education Specialist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 108145
Secondary Credential: Registered Dietitian - RD 876312
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • United Health Care
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Costa Mesa, California 92626

My Approach to Helping

Hi, I’m Kari, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Dietitian. I support individuals experiencing anxiety and depression, struggling with an eating disorder, caught in addiction, or navigating a life transition. I have specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders and common co-occurring disorders such as OCD, ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and substance use. I also support people who want to improve their lives by setting healthier boundaries, building confidence, and living more aligned to their values.

I help couples who want to feel more connected with their partner and improve communication to resolve conflict in a caring and effective way. I have completed Level 1 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, training in the Gottman Approach for the Treatment of Affairs and Trauma, and use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work.

More Info About My Practice

I believe we all have the capacity to grow and heal when supported in a way that is tailored to meet our needs. You are the expert of your own experiences. I provide a compassionate, nonjudgmental space where you can explore your unique strengths, build new skills, and learn ways to realize your potential to live a more fulfilling life.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)

Types of Therapy

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