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

Offices

16944 Ventura Blvd., Suite 3
Encino, California 91316

My Approach to Helping

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. You may feel overwhelmed or frustrated in your search for a therapist.
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. Connecting with a compassionate therapist, you can heal from the pain of your past, & 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. 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.
Drawing on my experience and abilities, I offer a unique atmosphere of safety, trust, acceptance, & 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. Practicing for the past 11 years, I am passionate about creating a process in which the wounds & scars you carry in your heart can heal, bringing forth freedom & wholeness that previously felt out of reach.
I identify with the Christian faith, for anyone who is seeking a faith-based therapeutic process, although my practice is not limited to Christians.

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. It is never too late 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 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

Languages

  • 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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