Carlis Psychological Services, Inc.

Carlis Psychological Services, Inc.

As a profession we have grown so much in our understanding of the implications and repercussions of adopting for adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents. My goal is to serve, educate and treat individuals and families touched by adoption and foster care, international and transracial adoption, gay, lesbian, single, coparent and step parent adoptions. Whether the work is guiidng  couples through the adoption and legal process or later helping children and families understand and navigate the  predictable but challenging normal developmental milestones in adoptive families, a large part of my clinical practice is devoted to improving the lives of adoptees and their  families.  As an adoptee myself, I have personally managed the life long issues present in adoption. As a result, I am committed to helping, assisting and encouraging adoptive families to choose and faciliate open adoption for their adopted children.

In addition to providing information, education and support for all members of the adoption community, I offer a wide range of services including: pre and post adoption counseling, parenting workshops for adoptive parents, adoption workshops for kids, search and reunion support, adoptive parent groups. Individual, group and family therapy are available to all members of the  adoption constellation.

I am a trained and use several  modalities in my work with clients. Neurofeedback is  especially useful for adopted children who have difficulty with self regulation, or who have diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Neurofeedback is also highly effective for clients with fears, phobias, depression, anxiety and people with pain issues including but not limited to  migraine headaches. 

With clients who have had traumas, I use the modality of  EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This  treatment is an integrative  psychotheray approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are  causing problems and to alleviate the associated symptoms.

For the treatment of couples, I use both EFT, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Colaborative Therapy. EFT is intended to be a short term treatment (8-20 sessions)  and is based on the premise that human emotions are connected to human needs. That implies that human emotions have an innately adaptive potential and that if activated and worked through, they can help people change problematic emotional states and their interpersonal relationships. Collaborative Therapy is  enabling partners who are  in conflict to speak intimately about the problem. It creates a collaborative spirit.  The goal is to create intimacy out of the way in which partners talk about their problems. It allow partners to confide what is on their minds, and to use this intimacy to solve the issues they are facing.

Over  the last decade, I have testified as  an expert witness in many adoptee parricide cases. These cases are extremely disturbing and usually end catastrophically for the adoptee and family.  Through this work I have become well versed in the harmful effects  of closed adoptions, the process of dissociation and the inherent risks toward dissociative rage.

I am a published author. You may find a listing of these publications on my website, along with a resource page  for books, organizations and helpful websites of adoption information.

In addition to my work in adoption, I specialize in gay and lesbian coming out, empowerment and positive psychology.





Contact Information

  • 16430 Ventura Blvd Suite 203
    Encino, California 91436
  • Phone: 818-713-0508
  • Fax: 818-713-0508

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Other Information


Gender: Female

Populations Served: Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Non-Gay Men, Non-Gay Women, Children 3-12, Children 13-19, Adults, Seniors

Theoretical Orientations: Experiential, Feminist, Insight Oriented, LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy, Object Relations, Psychodynamic

Therapy Modes: Brief, Long Term, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family, Group Therapy, Workshops

Degrees: PhD

Academic Institute 1: California Graduate Institute, PhD

Year Graduated 1: 1995

Academic Institute 2: Immaculate Hert College, MA

Year Graduated 2: 1980

License Number: PSY16888

License State: Calif

Years in Practice: 25

Private Practice: Yes

Available for Emergency: Yes

Accept Interns: Yes

Insurance Accepted?: No

Fee Range: $125-200

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