Dr. Karilyn Richards, PsyD, LMFT
I grew up in Northern California and moved to San Diego for college, so I have always loved being outside in the sunshine and near the water – boating, sailing, swimming, and beach-bumming. However, my husband, daughter, and traded the beach for the mountains last year and moved to Colorado.
I am also a classically trained cellist and have even played at Carnegie Hall when I was in high school! Still today, I 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.
“I am here to listen to you and your story, and to aid in processing current or past trauma so that you can move forward. You deserve to heal and grow into the best version of yourself and I would be honored to walk with you on this journey.”
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from San Diego State University. Next, I went on to complete a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), both from Alliant International University.
I have also continued my education by completing additional certifications in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Play Therapy, Infant Preschool Mental Health, and EMDR.
While I have experience with a wide variety of populations, I am most passionate about working with children and parents – especially those who are survivors of trauma. I believe that children are extremely intelligent and resilient, and I am passionate about helping them to reach their full potential. I also love to help caregivers and parents truly connect with their children in age-appropriate ways to foster stronger relationships.
I employ evidence-based approaches to therapeutic intervention, such as a strengths-based focus that builds upon the unique strengths and skills the client already has. Using existing strengths and skills as a foundation, I collaborate with the client to set goals and build skills that are relevant to them and their needs. 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! Growth and learning can be difficult or uncomfortable, but incorporating play and fun can help with processing it all.
Together, we will identify and explore how our thoughts affect what we think and how we act so that we can create lasting positive change. I am also trained in EMDR, Theraplay, and Motivational Interviewing, which I also incorporate to assist in the process towards positive change.
“A therapeutic relationship allows clients to truly be seen, heard, and accepted as they are. As therapists, we meet all clients where they are and guide them while they take the steps to get where they want to be.”
The care I provide is trauma-informed and evidence-based, and is designed to meet you where you are. A session with me might include psychoeducation, EMDR, sand tray activities, or Motivational Interviewing. Together, we will explore how our thoughts affect both what we think and what we do, and can identify potential changes or solutions to the barriers you may be facing in your life.