Karina is a licensed psychotherapist, educator, and researcher. For over 18 years she has provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings including hospital, university, non-profit, private practice, and clinical research. She has completed extensive training in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies including the CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research, as well as training from MAPS (MDMA), Ketamine Training Center and Polaris Insight Center (ketamine), Usona Institute (psilocybin), MindMed (LSD), and Fluence (5-MEO-DMT). Karina was chosen to participate in the first of their kind clinical trainings combining Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy and Psychedelic Psychotherapy.
She is Senior Clinical Program Psychotherapist and Advisor at Pacific Neuroscience Institute where she facilitates psychedelic medicine sessions using Psilocybin, LSD, Ketamine and 5-MEO-DMT. Karina trains and supervises therapists delivering Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in clinic settings. Karina works with the California Institute of Integral Studies and Beckley Academy to instruct the next generation of psychedelic-assisted facilitators in the foundations of safe, effective, and ethical care. She has a dedicated interest in Afro-Syncretic and Latin American indigenous and ceremonial healing practices involving ayahuasca and psilocybin as spiritual sacraments. Karina maintains a private practice in Los Angeles focused on treating depression, anxiety, codependency, intergenerational and religious trauma.