Therapist Profile

Name:
Karen E. Pernet, MSW
Professional Title:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
3725 Coolidge Avenue Oakland, CA 94602-3308
Phone:
(510) 923-0520
License Number
LCSW23635
Practicing Since:
1988
Additional Licenses:
LCSW

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Cattails are a symbol of how I see therapy. Found in a marsh, they are often regarded as weeds; individuals, families or children who come to therapy also feel as though they are stuck in a marsh. A cattail when studied is graceful and strong; each of us has our own strength and wisdom to which we are blind when we are traumatized, troubled or conflicted. My goal is for us to work together to rediscover those qualities.
The power of a caring relationship, gently sprinkled with humor, is an essential ingredient of the work. I use a variety of methods, including sandtray, empathic dialoguing and Somatic Experiencing, geared to the person in front of me. I am both down to earth and heartfelt.
When treating families with children from 3 to 12, I may suggest Filial Therapy, a highly effective combination of play therapy and family therapy.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
Services
Individual, Couple, Family Therapy; Consultation for Professionals and Play Therapy Training
Insurance
Call Office for Insurance Accepted, Value Options
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
MSW, Clinical Social Work, Bryn Mawr College, 1986

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Avoidant Personality
Children
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Couples
Creativity
Depression/Clinical Depression
Divorce/Dissolution
Ethnicity/Multi-Cultural Relationships
Expressive Art Therapies
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Other
Parenting
Play Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Rape Victims
Relationships
Religious/Spiritual Orientation
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Sand Tray Therapy
Supervision
Trauma
Victims of Crime
Women's Issues
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Developmental/Depth
Gestalt
Somatic
Certifications
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor Somatic Experiencing
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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