Hello and welcome! My name is Kara Dumlao and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with children, teens, adults and family therapy. I have a private practice in the Eastlake community of Chula Vista, CA.
With over 11 years of experience in behavioral health, I have experience at various levels of care ranging from acute inpatient to outpatient treatment. I have worked in both the assessment department and on the unit of behavioral hospitals, YWCA of San Diego County at Becky's House and emergency domestic violence shelters, UCSD Research Parenting Project, the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine and PsyCare, Inc. In June of 2012, I began my own private practice for outpatient treatment. Also, I am currently a part time adjunct faculty member at San Diego University for Integrative Studies for their Master's in Counseling program. I have specialized experience with parenting techniques, ADHD, Learning Disorders and high functioning Autism. I wholeheartedly enjoy working with children, adolescents, young adults, and also frequently work with families as part of the treatment process. I also help adults struggling with mood disorders, stage of life transitions, military deployments/transitions and grief.
My clinical background includes an emphasis on behavioral modification interventions and family systems, as well as insight oriented cognitive-behavioral therapy. My practice is focused on making positive steps forward in goal setting, self-esteem, and emotional regulation. Ultimately, the goal is to be healthier and happier in all relationships. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach. I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
We will continue to grow in 2014 and I will be supervising two Marriage and Family Therapist Interns as employees of my practice as means to provide low cost counseling services to the Eastlake community. My staff will facilitate group therapy including social skills groups for ages 7-17, Teen Emotional Support group ages 13-17 and Young Adult Support group ages 18-23.
I am unable to provide crisis intervention services. In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1 or go the nearest Emergency Room.
Master's in Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. University of Phoenix Campus of San Diego, CA. Completed in 2005. Graduated with Honors.
Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with Minors in Business and Spanish. Indiana University of Bloomington, IN. Completed in 2001. Graduated with Honors.
License & Professional Memberships
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 45343
Fomer AAMFT member