Kayla Karesh, LMFT, ATR

“LMFT, Friend, Advocate”

For over 20 years, Kayla has served with warmth as a clinician and leader, supporting integrative innovation in the field that promotes care to the whole person (mind-body-spirit), the whole family, and the whole community. Kayla has held program director, clinical director, and executive director roles at various treatment programs in San Diego, providing residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient care for complex mental health issues, co-occurring addictions, and eating disorders.

Kayla practices integrative psychotherapy utilizing a variety of evidence-based methods such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as diagnostically matched integrative modalities to reduce symptoms and engage strategies that promote wellbeing. Kayla believes the heart of the work is in the trusting therapeutic relationship paired with the clinical expertise to address the layers of the presenting issue in a way that brings about resolution. Kayla specializes in caring for complex mental health issues and understanding and responding to the needs of the individual and family system.

Kayla holds a masters of arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loyola Marymount University with specialized training in clinical art therapy. She also holds a masters of arts in Theology from Fuller Seminary and integrates spirituality as an evidence-based approach to overall wellbeing where clinically desired. Kayla is a native San Diegan and enjoys music, writing, spirituality, and spending time  with her family and friends. 

License: LMFT 48030