Karen Baker, LMFT

About Karen Baker, LMFT

Uncovering the wisdom that heals and fosters resilience

I feel incredibly fortunate to witness the most intimate parts of peoples’ lives unfold and evolve. My work as both a mental health professional and as a healing arts practitioner has shown me the aspects of ourselves that we are most likely to hide, hold the most wisdom. Getting to discover that wisdom in myself and others has been a true gift.

Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked with foster children in residential care facilities, adolescents in substance abuse facilities, and adult female-identified victims of domestic violence. Over the past two decades, I’ve continued to be humbled by the resilience, perseverance, and creativity that we all have to not only survive, but to thrive.

Committed to open dialogue about social taboos

Navigating my own intersectionalities has led me to pay close attention to others’ experiences with privilege and marginalization. In our work, I invite open dialogue about issues related to race / ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social status as these are so often considered taboo. While I may or may not have similar lived-experiences to you around these aspects of identity, I will hold curiosity for us to both deepen into a greater understanding of them.

Dedicated to the process of personal exploration and growth

In my own personal journey, I have and continue to explore myself deeply through yoga, meditation, bodywork, psychotherapy, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. I am dedicated to my own continued exploration and growth, personally and professionally, which I view as an unending process.

The Guest House  | by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Karen Baker, LMFT | Education and Training

Psychotherapy Training

Sex Therapy Certification | California Institute of Integral Studies | 2023
M.A. Somatic Psychology | California Institute of Integral Studies | 2019
B.A. Psychology; Holistic Health | San Francisco State University | 2006

Bodywork Training

RYT-200 | Yoga Garden SF | 2015
Certified Infant Massage Educator | Infant Massage USA | 2015
Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner | The Berkeley Center | 2015
Therapeutic Massage 600-hour | Aloha Institute of Massage Therapy | 2007