Kari Rehmann, LMFT, ATR
Kari has been practicing in the field since 2005, providing supportive services to infants, children, adolescents, and their caregivers. Her clinical treatment experiences include outpatient and in-home services through a community mental health agency, early childhood mental health preschool consultation, and private practice. Prior to returning to mid-Michigan, she served as part-time faculty at Loyola Marymount University and has facilitated numerous professional development trainings for mental health providers in Los Angeles County. Kari is also a Registered Art Therapist.
Treatment Philosophy and Focus
Through Kari’s years of clinical practice, training, and motherhood, she has come to believe:
- That the nurture a child receives is as important as the nature the child is born with.
- That caring for children and teenagers is as challenging as it is rewarding.
- That it truly “takes a village” to not only raise a child, but to support the individuals responsible for that child’s care.
- That creativity, in play and in art, is essential to fostering and nurturing relationships. It ignites a spark, which then fuels moments of shared joy and links generations.
When a child or teenager is struggling, Kari believes that it is in the client’s best interest if their natural support system is involved in treatment, whenever clinically appropriate. It is through first understanding the needs underlying an undesirable behavior, and then supporting the client with appropriately getting those needs met through his or her family, academic, or peer relationships that lasting changes emerge.
Education and Experience
Kari received her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 2003 before moving to Los Angeles, California. Her graduate education includes a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. The last 11 years of her clinical practice have included experiences supportive of endorsements in California through the Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. In 2011 and 2012, she had the privilege of training as a clinician and as a supervisor with the late Patricia Van Horn, Ph.D., who was one of the developers of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment protocol for trauma and disrupted attachment in infancy and early childhood. Additionally, Kari is endorsed as a Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Facilitator Level II in California.
In addition to Kari’s specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health, she has experience supporting children, teenagers, and their families through an array of challenges. Kari supports families through the following concerns:
- Relationship challenges due to developmental delay
- Separation and loss, including children in foster placement
- Parental conflict and/or divorce
- Attachment concerns, including adoption
- Adjustment disorders
- Adolescent individuation
- Parenting support