Kara Johnson, M.A., LMFT , Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 96371)

As a therapist, I want to meet my clients where they are and at the same time empower them to make changes in their lives that will reduce suffering and increase fulfillment. It is important to me to understand my clients’ worlds and help them create lives worth living. I have post-masters training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that guide my therapeutic practice.

Specialties: Individual and group psychotherapy for teens and adults. Working to build coping skills to manage depression, anxiety, and emotion dysregulation. Utilizing the Matrix Model to address substance abuse and addiction. Creating and leading the teen self-compassion group, modeled after the work of Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. Facilitating Rainbow Grit, a group for LGBTQIA youth.

Education and Training: Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family from Pepperdine University; Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (Major: Therapeutic Recreation; Minor: Psychology). Post-graduate training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) including a Foundational Training by Behavioral Tech, 2017, and an Advanced Intensive with Drs. Charles Swenson and Kelly Koerner, 2016.

Other Experience: Sovereign Health – a dual diagnosis and mental health treatment center; Tarzana Treatment Center – a dual diagnosis residential treatment center; DBT Recovery Center – an intensive outpatient DBT program.

Mission: To empower others to balance acceptance and change in a way that allows for a decrease in distress and suffering and an increase in joy and self-compassion.

Email: KJohnson@IFGD.care

Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 109