About Karla

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

Pacific Oaks College




Specialized Training/Education

  • Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA)

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

  • Neurorelational Framework (NRF) - a comprehensive approach looking at the body, mind, and relationships and how it impacts development

  • Trauma Resiliency Model - a mind-body approach 

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

  • Trauma-Focused CBT



Professional Affiliations

CAMFT Member

Interdisciplinary Council of Developmental and Learning Disorder www.icdl.com











After working with children for more than 10 years, one of the most rewarding encounters for me is to see a smile appear in a child’s face, allowing that child to engage with warmth and share his or her experiences with others. I believe in creating a nurturing space that includes play, exploration, and fun adventures, which are key components that support a healthy and optimal development.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Harding University, where I received a bachelor's in Communication Disorders. I then completed my graduate studies at Pacific Oaks College, where I received my masters with an emphasis in Latino/a Family and Trauma Studies. I’ve worked with families from various cultural backgrounds conducting speech-language therapy and developmental play therapy services for children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders using a Developmental Individual Differences and Relationship-based approach (DIR®). Working in conjunction with parents, I have facilitated workshops utilizing DIR® strategies to assist parents in strengthening their bonding with their child by responding appropriately to the child’s sensory needs, thus promoting overall developmental success.

During my clinical work, I provided individual, couples and group psychotherapy services at a free/low cost health clinic in Los Angeles area to children, unaccompanied minors, adolescents and adults presenting an array of symptoms including depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, immigration trauma, and PTSD. My therapeutic approach is relationship-based, focusing on resiliency, attachment, mindfulness, and exploring the whole brain to promote the strengthening of relationships, emotional wellness, and a healthy lifestyle.

If you are seeking a culturally sensitive therapist that can guide you and/or your child in achieving developmental success utilizing a holistic approach, then let me assist you in your parenting journey.

In my spare time I enjoy going on walks with my dogs and my husband, practicing yoga, taking photos of nature, hiking, or playing with my nephews.


Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern, IMF #93825

Supervised by Esther Chon, PhD, EdM (PSY24817)