Paola Caraker - About Me

About Me
I received a masters degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from California State University Fresno in 2002.  Upon graduating, I worked in an outpatient adult mental health clinic providing individual and group therapy services to individuals with severe mental health issues as well as treating victims of domestic violence. Following this experience, I provided services to children and adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system as well as provided school based mental health treatment.  In my work at various outpatient children's mental health settings, I became specialized in sexual abuse  treatment, family therapy, play and art therapy and  working with parents and foster parents with parenting struggles. In 2007 I began working at a medical community clinic in North County San Diego providing integrative behavioral health services to adults and older adults. In working within the medical community I have become well versed in medical conditions impacting one's mental health, psychotropic medication  and pregnancy related  depression and anxiety. Due to my interest in integrative care I began to further my education in nutrition and exercise  and it's impact on mental health and have become very passionate about helping individuals heal their mind and body. In addition to my clinical work, I have completed the level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 training  in Gottman Couples therapy; an evidenced based treatment approach to help couples increase respect, affection, closeness and better manage conflict. In August 2016 I completed the 4 day Externship training in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy; a couples treatment approach based on work of Dr. Sue Johnson.I have completed training in EMDR and continue to receive consultation as well as attend regular study groups.
Paola Caraker MFT