Katie Karas, MFT
(805) 882-2424 x 306
Perspective on Therapy
Katie suggests, “Often when a human being is frustrated at a seemingly impossible problem in their life, they seek help from a therapist. One of the most empowering discoveries is that we may be looking for the world around us to change when in fact we have more power than we know to affect our own outcomes. Ghandi said, ‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’. Because human beings are naturally inclined toward growth we constantly strive to balance our physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual selves as we adjust to change. Therapy can be an exciting and vital element in support of our personal and family growth.”
Approach to Therapy
Katie believes that setting goals and intentions with the therapist from the beginning is what guides the therapeutic process. A client may want help with a persistent personal problem, an unexpected crisis in their family or marriage, a period of anxiety and depression or an adjustment to a life stage, but clarity starts with listening closely to a client and helping them define what they want from the process. Being mindful of the unique personal and cultural experiences we all bring to the table, being open to learning as well as teaching, are important aspects of the exchange that naturally occurs.
Professional Training & Specialties
Katie has been trained in Family Systems, Bowen Theory, Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman’s Couples Therapy, EMDR (trauma therapy), Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama and issues of Domestic Violence and Anger Management. She especially enjoys working with families, couples, young adults and women in transition. Periodically, she runs a group for “Women in Transition” for more information go to groups offered.
Education & Experience
Katie has been practicing Family Therapy since 2005 at the Institute in their locations in both Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2005 and her Masters in Counseling from California State University at Fullerton in 1981. Prior to her work at the Institute, she trained, worked and specialized in issues of domestic violence and anger management at Domestic Violence Solutions in Santa Barbara.
Married for 33 years and a mother of three, in her private time Katie enjoys cooking, reading, skiing, cycling, rock climbing, horseback riding and hiking, especially with her labs, Maverick & Charley. She is a member of CAMFT and has raised funds for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society through running and cycling events.