About Karen Rose, MFT

“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved in experimenting with his own life.”
– Herbert Otto (psychologist)

Karen Rose, M.A., MFT

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California, and provide counseling and psychotherapy services to individual adults in the San Francisco Bay Area via my offices located in both San Francisco and Berkeley.

I became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in January 1984 and have run a successful private practice since that time.

I primarily provide for the counseling needs of professionals at all levels, and offer intelligent, insightful, creative, outside-the-box, solution-focused and long-term therapy with complete discretion and confidentiality.

I realized early on that the world isn’t “made” for any one of us. We each have to create our own way of thinking and getting things done. And it is with pride and joy that I have helped countless clients do just that for well over two decades.

My work focuses on helping clients enjoy more satisfying and meaningful lives.

Issues I commonly help people resolve include life and career transitions, anxiety and depression, feelings of emptiness, stress management, as well as many others. (Please click on the links above for more detailed information about the specific types of work I do and the solutions I offer.)

Former and current clients have described me as “easy to talk to,” “a wonderful listener,” “someone who it feels safe to talk with,” “easy to be open with, and nonjudgmental,” “empathic and understanding,” and most commonly of all “someone who thinks outside the box.”

As well as being a therapist, I have been in therapy for the past thirty years. I personally believe we’re never done exploring who we are, and I continue to discover new ways to bring meaning and joy to the world through my work and the way I live my life.

I have also been a supervisor at John F. Kennedy University’s Career Center, where I provided training for career counseling graduate students, a clinical supervisor at John F. Kennedy University’s Transpersonal Counseling Center, where I provided clinical supervision to MFT graduate students, and served on the faculty of San Francisco State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center for 13 years, where I provided individual and couples therapy for undergraduate and graduate students.

As to some of my non-professional pursuits, I have a great love for dogs, cats, and animals of all stripes and do animal rescue in my free time. I am also very interested in the arts and create custom jewelry pieces.

If you have any questions about my background, the work I do, or how the services I provide may be able to help your specific situation, please feel free to call me at your convenience at 510-486-1188 or e-mail me at karenrosemft@rose-counseling.com. I look forward to hearing from you!