Michael Karp, MA
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I am licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. I have been licensed in California since 1982 and currently specialize in individual counseling and psychotherapy for adults. My office is located in Valley Center, CA.
I graduated with a Masters Degree from the State University of New York in 1979, specializing in professional psychology. In addition to practicing psychotherapy, I have taught undergraduate psychology at San Bernardino Valley College and presented workshops for the Elder Hostel (now, Road Scholar) organization. From 1987 onward, I have educated the general public through newspapers, radio and on the web. My early experience included work in public agencies and as a unit supervisor in an outpatient substance abuse treatment center.
I have extensive experience using several of the experiential psychotherapies with a core training certification in Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy.
People enter counseling and psychotherapy for different reasons. I aim to help people meet their personal goals. Sometimes that means helping people establish their goals for therapy.
Some people want help thinking things through. They want to set goals, come up with a plan, then carry it out. Goals can include: a better marriage, more self-discipline, a healthier lifestyle, anger management or many other things.
Some people want to learn how to relax and become less reactive in their daily lives. There are several techniques that help accomplish this. We can find the best one for you and help you integrate it into your daily life.
Still others benefit from deeper therapy. This helps address personal difficulties at the core. We humans tend to develop habits, some of which were adaptive at other times in our lives. Sometimes, these adaptations exact a cost in our current life. I help people discover the nature of their self-defeating habits so that they can be cast aside. Once these personal blocks are dissolved, most people rediscover their natural legacy: enthusiasm, creativity and spontaneous adaptation to the demands of life.
I use a variety of methods for accomplishing these goals including EMDR, Brainspotting and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFST).
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Anger Issues
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Divorce & Separation
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Grief & Loss
- Men's Issues
- Personality Disorders
- Stress/Stress Management
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)