Kirstin Carl


Kirstin Carl


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFC


16944 Ventura Blvd., Suite 3
Encino, California 91316

My Approach to Helping

I know it takes courage to ask for help. You may feel both excited and scared about beginning therapy for your childhood trauma. For years, you have suffered from the effects of childhood abuse in your relationships and other parts of your daily life. You have locked away painful emotions, only to see them coming out in your intimate relationships. Your connections with your family may be strained due to lingering pain from your childhood abuse. You are ready to open the door to healing and a life beyond what you have known so far. You desire to heal from your childhood abuse so that the next generation doesn't continue the cycle.
I specialize in working with adult and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. I also specialize in working within a faith-based perspective, for those who are seeking this. Together, we will collaborate to build a unique, healing atmosphere where you feel encouraged and empowered to look into the deepest places, and to face the pain you have held deep inside.
You are seeking to know yourself more deeply. You want to move on from old, painful emotions toward healing and wholeness. You are unsure of what therapy may uncover, and of what you may find as you go through the process. I will be by your side to gently guide you toward discovering your best self. Let's begin this journey together! Contact me today for a free phone consultation.

More Info About My Practice

I have a passion for working with trauma survivors. With warmth and compassion, I will walk beside you as you free yourself from being trapped in the bondage of the past. I will help you thrive, and not just survive. Your wounds and scars do not define your future, or your potential. Taking the step of contacting me today is making a choice to take charge of your future. You are making a commitment to the growth that you are seeking.

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 you 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 disconnection, and develop the deep and close bond that you desire.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I feel honored to have the privilege of walking with you through the dark places in your heart, & then into the light of a life of freedom from emotions & behavior patterns that previously kept you in bondage.

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 you to form an effective partnership. I create an atmosphere of acceptance, so that you may begin to value yourself & discover your true identity.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • 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
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • 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-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
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