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I'm Dr. Karen Wise, and I'm here to accompany you on your journey towards healing and self-discovery. As a Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years in practice, I firmly believe in the transformative power of therapy to heal past traumas, foster new perspectives, and support profound growth and change.

Clinical Psychologist, License CA PSY21876

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My Approach and Interests


In our sessions, I prioritize creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where you can freely explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. One of the aspects of my work that brings me the greatest joy is getting to know my clients on a deep level. Building a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust and mutual respect is essential to the healing process, and I strive to cultivate this connection in every session.

Therapy with me is a dynamic and collaborative process. Together, we'll explore a variety of therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral strategies for change and mindfulness practices for acceptance. By integrating these approaches, we can work towards creating lasting transformation in your life.

I have experience treating many common issues; such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. I especially enjoy working with neurodiverse adults and teens (with diagnoses like Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia/Hyperlexia. etc.) and their families. Rejection in social situations can lead to poor self esteem and loneliness. Self-acceptance, understanding, and skill building can help build stronger connections. 


I also feel a deep connection with the addiction recovery community and work with individuals at any stage of change from problematic substance use. People in recovery often have unresolved trauma which can be processed in therapy so you can "leave the past in the past". Partners, parents, and children of those with addiction also find therapy beneficial to understand how to support their own emotional health and not fall into co-dependent patterns with their loved one.




Doctorate Clinical Psychology

     The Wright Institute 

MA Clinical Psychology

     The Wright Institute 
BA Psychology

     University of Florida 


Wise Psychology Services 
Alameda Health System 
Anka Behavioral Health 
Portia Bell Hume Center 
Jewish Children and Family Services 
The Wright Institute Clinic 
Circle of Care, East Bay Agency for Children 


Director of Clinical Training
Clinical Supervisor
Dissertation Committee Member
Special Education/Behavioral Aide
Research Associate

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I understand that taking the first step towards therapy can be daunting, but rest assured, you're not alone. Together, we'll embark on a journey towards greater self-awareness, resilience, and empowerment. I'm here to support you every step of the way.


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