Sometimes We Just Feel Lost

Sometimes life can just feel too difficult.

It can feel like you are floating and

need direction. I can help.

You May Be Feeling Trapped

Family dynamics can feel out of control.

I understand that you need support. There is a

way of the pain. We can work through it together.

Anxiety And Depression Can Take Over

Life’s challenges can sometimes feel too overwhelming

You may feel scared and like you want to give up.

Let’s work through your pain and help you

develop strategies to cope and heal.

Relationships Can Be Difficult

It can be painful to struggle in your relationship.

The pain can effect your daily life and ability

to experience happiness. Let’s work together

to resolve your conflicts.

Curriculum Vitae

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Summary of Qualifications

  • Over fourteen years of direct clinical service with adolescents and adults in individual, family, couples, and group therapy
  • Specialization in anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, substance related disorders
  • Multi-theory treatment integration of The Developmental Model defined by Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., Motivational Enhancement Therapy Cognitive Behavioral (METCBT), and Family Systems Theory
  • Lecturer in an ongoing commitment to the psychological integration of our technology driven culture with adolescents, young adults, and families
  • Author of the local and international published guidebook, “A Parent Guide to Teens, Technology, and Social Media”

Professional Experience

Psychotherapy and Consutlation
Private Practice, Novato CA

  • Outpatient psychotherapy to individual adults, adolescents, couples, and families
  • Assessment and treatment of chemical dependency and process addictions
  • Consultation to middle schools, high schools, parents of adolescents, and parent coaching
  • Developed and wrote, Parent Handbook: A Guide to Post-Treatment
  • Developed and wrote the C-SAN, Comprehensive Student Assessment of Needs: Initial and Follow-up
  • Developed and wrote, Parent Handbook: A Guide to Teens, Technology, and Social Media 
  • Specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, complex trauma, mood disorders, and process addictions (sex and love addiction, codependency, gaming, and gambling)

Psychotherapist Internship with Liselotte Dixon, LMFT
Private Practice
Novato, CA

  • Provided Psychotherapy for Individual Adults, Adolescents, Families, and Couples
  • Provided Psychotherapy for clients with Substance Related Disorders, Process Addictions, and Co-Existing Psychiatric Symptomology
  • Obtained Weekly Individual Supervision with Liselotte Dixon, LMFT

Founder of Awakenings Chemical Dependency Support for Teens
Private Practice, Novato CA

  • Developed Program Curriculum
  • Adolescent Chemical Dependency Support/Process/Education Group
  • Parent Chemical Dependency Support/Process/Education Group
  • Adolescent Post-Care Treatment Group
  • Adolescent Psychotherapy

Certified Motivational Enhancement Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Pinnacle Peak Institute Inc., Olympia, WA
Bay Area Community Resources, San Rafael CA
Family Connections Program

  • Adolescent Individual Psychotherapy
  • Adolescent Group Psychotherapy
  • Adolescent Substance Use/Abuse Education

Certified Global Assessment For Individual Needs Specialist
Lighthouse Institute, Normal, IL
Bay Area Community Resources, San Rafael, CA
Family Connections/Juvenile Drug Court Programs

  • Adolescent Screening/Assessment Addiction, Psychological, and Psychiatric Severity
  • Adult Screening/Assessment Addiction, Psychological, and Psychiatric Severity
  • Responsible for Analysis of  Assessment results and Appropriate Treatment Placement
  • Reviewed Progress with 3 Month Increment Assessments
  • Reviewed Assessments Post Discharge

Family Program Director
Henry Ohlhoff Recovery Programs for Adult Men
Novato, CA

  • Family Program Treatment Development
  • Individual, Couples, and Family psychotherapy
  • Facilitated Weekly Family Process Groups
  • Facilitated Weekly Anger Management Groups

Professional Consultation Group Member with Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.
The Addictions Institute
Menlo Park, CA

  • Group Consultation
  • Individual Consultation
  • Trained in The Developmental Model defined by Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist Internship with Dr. Brigitte Lank, Ph.D.
Private Practice
San Rafael, CA

  • Provided Psychotherapy for Individual Adults and Couples
  • Provided Psychotherapy for clients with Substance Related Disorders, Process Addictions, and Co-Existing Psychiatric Symptomology
  • Obtained Weekly Individual Supervision with Dr. Brigitte Lank, Ph.D.

High School Crisis Team Member
Bay Area Community Resources
San Rafael, CA

  • Provided First Responder Facilitation and Counseling at Sir Francis Drake High School
  • Provided Crisis Intervention, Counseling, and Case Management at San Rafael High School

Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services Therapist
Psychotherapy/High School Counselor Internship
Psychotherapy/High School Counselor Traineeship
Bay Area Community Resources
San Rafael, CA

  • Worked Directly With Marin County Probation and Marin County Juvenile Drug Court
  • Facilitated Groups at County Community School and Madrone High School with Implementation of Matrix Model for Teens
  • Facilitated Adolescent and Parent Process Groups post-court for Juvenile Drug Court
  • Facilitated Anti-Bully Girls Group for Juvenile Drug Court
  • Provided GAIN Assessments, Group Counseling, METCBT, and Psychoeducation
  • Individual Counseling at Sir Francis Drake High School and Tomales High School
  • Responsible for Weekly caseload of up to 15 Individual Clients
  • Provided Family Counseling and Parent Coaching
  • Participated in IEP and 504 Planning and Meetings
  • Crisis Intervention and Participation of Crisis Teams on Campus
  • Facilitated Weekly Substance Abuse Group for Girls
  • Obtained Weekly Group and Individual Supervision
  • Participated in Staff Development and Training

Systemic Family Intervention Assistant
Full Circle Intervention
Mill Valley, CA

  • Co-facilitated Family Systems/Invitational Substance Abuse Interventions with Kristina Wandzilak, CAS II, BRI-II
  • Responsible for Initial Phone Assessments
  • Provided Psychoeducation to Clients
  • Participated in Post-Intervention Discussion with Staff

Undergraduate Internship
Marin County Juvenile Hall
San Rafael, CA

  • Observed Dr. Carol Pollard, Psy.D.
  • Co-facilitated Weekly Girls Groups on Relationship Issues and Substance Abuse
  • Responsible for Observation, Feedback, and Post-Group Discussion with Staff

Undergraduate Internship
Complex Chronic Conditions
Kaiser Permanente
Novato, CA

  • Observed Fred Silverman, LCSW
  • Researched Community Resources for Clients
  • Developed Treatment Plans
  • Participated in Crisis Intervention Training

Employment History

Degree and Certification

Certificate of Qualification for Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP), 2013; SAPAA Training Institute
Motivational Enhancement Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (METCBT), 2011; Pinnacle Peak Institute
Global Assessment of Individual Needs (GAIN), 2011; Lighthouse Institute
Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC), 2010; Breining Institute
MA Counseling Psychology, 2010; Argosy University the Professional School of Psychology, Alameda, CA
BA Psychology, 2007, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA

Licensure and Publications 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist NO. MFC 53885; State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor NO. H1009151149; State of California, NCCA

Hamilton, K. (2015, October 25). Marin Voice: Helping teens avoid cyber pitfalls. Marin Independent Journal, p. 4.

Hamilton, K. (2016, September 1). Opinion: Nudity and social media harm girls. San Francisco Chronicle, p. 7. 

Hamilton, K. (2017, April 4). Opinion: The solution when social media makes kids feel excluded. San Francisco Chronicle, p. 10.

Hamilton, K. (2017, May 9). Marin Voice: A few reasons I don’t like ’13 Reasons Why’. Marin Independent Journal, p. 6.

Hamilton, K. (2017, October 13). Marin Voice: People need to access mental health. Marin Independent Journal, p. 5.

Hamilton, K. (2018, March 24). Marin Voice: We need to help our kids cope with media violence. Marin Independent Journal, p. 5.


Teens, Technology, & Social Media
Willow Creek Academy
January, 2019
Sausalito, CA

When Chaos Rules: understanding our current culture of speed/technology/social media and it’s impact on children, youth, and families
9th Western US Journal Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders
November, 2018
Newport Beach, CA

Teens, Technology, & Social Media
Montgomery High School
September, 2018
Santa Rosa, CA

Teens, Technology, & Social Media
Julia Morgan School
June, 2018
Oakland, CA

Panelist for Screenagers
Our Lady of Loretto
May, 2017
Novato, CA

Teens, Technology, & Social Media
Presbyterian Church of Novato
November, 2016
Novato, CA

Panelist for Screenagers
Kentfield School District
November, 2016
Kentfield, CA

Teens, Technology, & Social Media
Kaiser Permanente
November, 2016
San Rafael, CA

Teens, Technology, & Social Media
Star Academy
October, 2016
San Rafael, CA

Teens, Technology, & Social Media
Star Academy
June, 2016
San Rafael, CA

Teens on Screens
Marin County Office of Education
April, 2016
San Rafael, CA

Protecting Our Developing Youth: Adolescent Addiction, Prevention, and Recovery
Adolescent Counseling Services
March, 2016
Menlo Park, CA

What To Expect Post-Treatment
Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services
July, 2013
Petaluma, CA

Clinical Training on School Based Counseling and The Developmental Model of Recovery
Bay Area Community Resources
May, 2011
San Rafael, CA

Family Intervention and Substance Abuse
Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
August, 2010
San Francisco, CA

Professional Affiliations

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists California (CAMFT)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Marin County Chapter
Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT)
Marin Recovery Project
Novato Blue Ribbon Youth Coalition

Continuing Education

Law and Professional Ethics
Aspira Continuing Education
July, 2018

Neurobiology of Addictions
Michael Laio, LCSW
September, 2018
San Rafael, CA

11 Essentials for Self-Harm Recovery: Helping Children & Teens Reclaim Their Lives
Tony Shepard, PsyD
May, 2017
Brentwood, CA

Woman and Trauma
Quantum Units Education
December, 2016
San Luis Obispo, CA

Ethics for Marriage and Family Therapists
Quantum Units Education
August, 2016
San Luis Obispo, CA

MFT Ethics
Quantum Units Education
June, 2016
San Luis Obispo, CA

Counseling for Couples: Understanding and Improving Love
Gary Brainerd, PhD
March, 2016
Berkeley, CA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Transdiagnostic Approach for Mood, Anxiety, & Personality Disorders
Benjamin George, LCSW
February , 2015
St. Louis, MI

Navigating the DSM-5
Liliana Thomas, LMFT
May, 2015
Santa Rosa, CA

The Science of Trust & Betrayal
John Gottman, PhD
April, 2014
San Francisco, CA

California Law & Ethics
Heidi Dalzell, PhD
July, 2014
Corte Madera, CA

Substance Abuse Professional-SAP
American Substance Abuse Professionals
December, 2013
Baltimore, MD

What is Eating You? -Managing the stress eating relationship
Dr. Lisa Groesz, Ph.D.
September, 2012
Mill Valley, CA

Troubled Teens and Stuck Young Adults: The brain, the Family and Resistance
September, 2012
Corte Madera, CA

Addiction Treatment and Codependency-Why We Often Treat The Wrong Person
Larry Fritzlan, LMFT
January, 2012
Sausalito, CA

Compulsive Shopping
Dr. Heidi Hartson, Ph.D.
December, 2010
Sausalito, CA

Sex Addiction and Clinical Treatment
Dr. Brigitte Lank, Ph.D.
November, 2008
Sausalito, CA




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I'm Karen, a Therapist in Novato, California providing individual therapy, couples counseling, and family therapy.
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