Dr. Karilyn Richards, PsyD, LMFT (old version)

Hello, I’m KARI

Doctor of Psychology & Licensed Marital & Family Therapist

I believe that everyone deserves to have their thoughts, feelings, and concerns be heard and understood. I am here to listen to you and your story, and to aid in processing current or past trauma. You deserve to heal, grow, and move forward, and I would be honored to walk with you on your journey.

I was born and raised in Northern California and moved to San Diego for college. I love being outside and have always enjoyed the sunshine and all things water – boating, sailing, swimming, and beach-bumming. However, my husband, daughter, and I have recently moved to Colorado. I jumped at the opportunity to be part of the Relate team and we are so excited to explore Colorado’s beautiful scenery and people. I am also a classically trained cellist and constantly have music playing – anything from reggae to country to classical. I love incorporating music into therapy and discovering how sounds, beats, and melodies can affect our mood and spirit.

To create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the therapy room, I use my sense of humor, kind demeanor, and nonjudgmental attitude. I also employ a strengths-based approach to therapy, focusing on the unique strengths and skills you already have. Using these strengths and skills as a foundation, I collaborate with the client to set goals and build skills that are relevant to them. I also utilize a variety of different interventions in therapy sessions in order to meet these goals and process trauma. This helps me to personalize treatment to best suit each individual’s needs. For example, a session with me might include play, artistic expression, as well as music! I am also trained in EMDR, Theraplay, and Motivational Interviewing, which I incorporate into therapy sessions, too.

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from San Diego State University
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from Alliant International University
  • PsyD from Alliant International University
  • Play Therapy Certificate from the University of California, San Diego
  • Completed EMDR training at HAP San Diego
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandtray Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • EMDR
  • Systemic Family Therapy
  • Theraplay