Karen Hamilton is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Currently a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC), she is certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (METCBT) for the treatment of people with substance abuse disorders.

Karen’s primary focus is relationships, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, adolescents, and co-dependency. She has over twelve years of clinical experience conducting individual, conjoint, family and group counseling with teens and adults. Her work in the mental health and addiction field began when she entered training as a family interventionist with Kristina Wandzliak, C.A.S., BRI-II. Her commitment to ongoing clinical education in all areas of mental health and addictions is tireless, and her work as a clinician has included direct consultation with Dr. Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.

Her clinical work has encompassed individual counseling, crisis intervention, family counseling, couples counseling and weekly adolescent groups in private practice. She has practiced at Kaiser Complex Chronic Conditions, Marin County Juvenile Hall, Henry Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, and Bay Area Community Resources.

Karen provides consultation to middle and high schools, and she developed and wrote the Comprehensive Student Assessment of Needs (C-SAN) and Parent Handbooks: A Guide to Post-Treatment and A Guide to Teens, Technology, & Social Media.  She is currently a member of the Marin Recovery Project, Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment (WAAT), Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth (NBRC4Y) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).