My name is Karen Palamos and I am a psychotherapist in San Francisco. For over 20 years I’ve been working with individual adults, adolescents and couples who reflect the diversity of lifestyle and background which we enjoy here in the Bay Area.

My style is warm and interactive, thoughtful and non-judgmental. My years of varied training and experience fit within a Transpersonal frame. I am always aware of a “bigger picture” and when appropriate, will help you to see that too. This is a very inclusive way of viewing what we experience as individuals, in our relationships, as members of local and global culture, and our ideas of what may be beyond.

I have helped many people with issues such as: creative blocks and overly active critical inner-voice, depression and anxiety, unfulfilling relationships, loneliness and co-dependence, grief and bereavement.

“It is not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life;
it is how you handle what happens to you.” —Zig Ziglar

About Me

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). This license is issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California. My license number is MFC 38971. I am also a State Licensed continuing education provider no. PCE4469.

Formal training began with Graduate school at John F. Kennedy University, from which I earned a MA degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. I have taken additional training in: Expressive Arts Therapy (EAT), using visual expression, sound/music and movement, earned a Certificate in Sound Voice & Music Healing from California Institute of Integral Studies, Psycho-Physical Therapy somatic training with Bill Bowen. I have extensively studied the applications of voice and sound as applied to psychotherapy. I have also trained in applied sonic driven meditation and eco-psychology. I supervise MFT Interns, who are working toward earning their California licenses, both individually and in group supervision.

I am a lifelong artist and hold a BFA degree from California College of the Arts. I offer classes, workshops and professional trainings combining the arts and psychotherapy.


  • Association for Transpersonal Psychology
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors for New Perspectives Center for Counseling, San Francisco, CA.
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Holos Counseling Center, Oakland/San Francisco, CA.


I charge usual and customary fees for psychotherapy in the SF Bay area and it is essential that financial difficulties do not prevent you from obtaining the help that you seek. Therefore, I provide a significant portion of my work at a reduced fee. These arrangements are in high demand and if I am unable to accommodate your financial limitations I will assist you in finding alternatives. Most of my clients pay for services out of pocket. I am always happy to provide you with an invoice for paid services which you may be able to use for reimbursement through your health insurance.

Karen Palamos, LMFT
(415) 820-3992

1801 Bush Street, Suite 232
San Francisco, CA 94109

Karen Palamos, LMFT