Kayla Karesh, LMFT, ATR

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Kayla Karesh, LMFT, ATR

Clinical Director

Kayla Karesh passionately serves as a practitioner, clinical leader, and believer in the ongoing cultivation of the human spirit as a path to transformation. Inspired by psychodynamic and attachment theories, Kayla developed specialized skills in the integrative treatment of complex mental health issues, the support of family systems, and organizational leadership in treatment settings.

With a life-long interest in the role of the arts and spirituality in healing, Kayla obtained a BA in English Literature at Azusa Pacific University, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MA in Marital and Family Therapy, with specialized training in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University.

Kayla’s 18-year clinical career includes work in residential, outpatient, school, private practice, and hospital settings working with high-acuity mental health presentations, eating disorders, and substance use issues. Kayla’s approach is one of compassion and deep curiosity about the person, family, and the internal and external systems impacting one’s wellbeing. Kayla utilizes a variety of clinical modalities when providing direct care and supervising practitioners, always emphasizing the collaboration of the multidisciplinary team as the beauty and strength of the integrative model.

With daily excitement in serving at True Life Center, Kayla brings vigor and joy to the life-changing work of healing individuals and family systems experiencing crises that prompt change and growth.

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