About Karla

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Karla Cardoza, MA, AMFT #93825
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Pacific Oaks College

karla@thecenterforconnection.org

818-643-1209

 

Specialized Training/Education

  • DIR®/Floortime™ - connecting with the child at his/her level via playful interactions to promote robust engagement and relationships, improving emotional, social, and overall development

  • Neurorelational Framework (NRF) - a comprehensive approach taking into account the body, mind, and relationships and how they impact development

  • Trauma Resiliency Model - a mind-body approach

  • Maternal Mental Health Faculty - focusing on postpartum and perinatal mood disorders

  • Trauma-Focused CBT

  • Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA)  

  • Uma Mother pre/postnatal yoga

  • Trained YOGAthletica with Shana Meyerson

 

Professional Affiliations

  • CAMFT Member
  • Maternal Mental Health NOW - Faculty
  • Interdisciplinary Council of Developmental and Learning Disorder (ICDL)
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI) - Spanish warmline Co-coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karla is a Registered Associate MFT and psychotherapist who is genuinely devoted to serving children, adolescents and families particularly touched by adversities experienced across their lifespan. She is passionate in holding a nurturing space to embrace a new beginning toward an empowered, resilient, insightful, healthier and empathetic version of self. Maybe it’s anxiety, selective mutism or depression that’s impacting your child’s social and emotional skills. Perhaps it’s adjusting to being a new mom or dad and experiencing perinatal mental health challenges. Karla’s diverse and multicultural therapeutic approaches offers children, teens and parents a space to work collaboratively toward discovering their inner strengths and living a more joyful life. Her professional experience includes working within various in-home, agency, group-based, school and therapeutic settings.

Karla completed her undergraduate studies at Harding University in 1998, where she received a bachelor's in Communication Disorders. She then completed her graduate studies at Pacific Oaks College, where she received her masters with an emphasis in Latino/a Family and Trauma Studies in 2016. In addition, during her journey to become a licensed MFT she has provided individual, parent-child dyadic, family, couples therapy, and psycho-educational group services to patients across the life span, race, gender, and ethnicity. As faculty in the training committee for Maternal Mental Health Now in Los Angeles she provides presentations to reduce stigma around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She is also a co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International Spanish warmline to provide women and their families support and connect them with local resources to overcome postpartum anxiety or depression.

In her spare time Karla practices yoga, enjoys walking with her husband and her dogs, dancing, taking photos, camping and hanging out with friends and family.

 

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #93825

Supervised by Christine Triano, LCSW,  CA #29314