About Dr. Karen Kay

Dr. Kay is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in private practice since 1985. Her areas of expertise include adult, child, and family therapy as well as parent education and consultation. She has been an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, supervising and training graduate students as well as psychology and marriage and family therapy interns. Dr. Kay has also taught doctoral students at a professional school of psychology in Los Angeles.

Dr. Kay has a wide range of professional experience in the field of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis. Her original doctoral degree was granted in 1984 following completion of a five-year program. During this time, Dr. Kay trained at Bellevue Hospital in New York, working with children and adults. Her final year of this doctoral program was spent working as a full-time clinical intern at Yale University.

After becoming licensed in 1985, Dr. Kay worked with adolescents and adults in residential treatment. In addition, she pursued specialty training in family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Dr. Kay was also an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University, worked in a private hospital for adolescents, and maintained a small private practice specializing in adult patients.

Dr. Kay moved to southern California in 1988 where she opened a private practice. She also continued her work teaching and supervising graduate students in the field and became an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 1991.

While in private practice, Dr. Kay completed a second doctorate in clinical child psychology at The Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy in Los Angeles to deepen her work with children.

Dr. Kay is also a certified psychoanalyst and a member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis where she has facilitated a year-long course on contemporary psychoanalysis for students interested in learning more about the field. In addition, she was the facilitator for “The Influence of Attitude in Psychoanalysis,” presented by Michael Clifford, Ph.D., at the 34th Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self in 2011.

Education

Psy.D., Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology, Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York,NY, 1984
A.B., Psychology, University of Southern California, 1977

Licensure

1987-Present
California License #PSY9809
2015 – Present, 1985-1988
New York License #008214

Professional Affiliations

2011 – Present
Member, International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
2013 – Present
Member, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
1991 – 2013
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Approved Supervisor

Professional Experience and Activities

2015 – Present
Training and Supervising Analyst, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
2015
Panelist: “Working with Children, Adolescents and Adults,” presented at the 38th Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self
2013–Present
Member, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
2012–2013
Member, Board of Directors, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
2012
Certified LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy Provider (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
2011-2012
Facilitator, Extension Class, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
2011
Facilitator, “The Influence of Attitude in Psychoanalysis,” presented by M.Clifford, Ph.D. at the 34th Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self
1985-Present
Private Practice. Psychotherapy with adults, children, and families. Parent consultation and parent training
1992-1995
Clinical Supervisor, The Maple Center, Beverly Hills, CA
1991-2013
Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
1988-1993
Clinical Supervisor, California Family Study Center, North Hollywood, CA
1990-1991
Associate Adjunct Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA
1988-1990
Staff Psychologist, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA
1987-1988
Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1987-1988
Staff Psychologist, Charles River Hospital, Wellesley, MA
1987-1988
Staff Psychologist, Metropolitan State Hospital, Waltham, MA
1985-1986
Staff Psychologist, Hudson County Meadowview Hospital, Secaucus, NJ
1985-1986
Family Therapy Extern, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Philadelphia, PA
1984-1985
Family Therapy Trainee, Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, New York, NY
1983-1984
Pre-doctoral Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1981-1982
Psychology Extern, Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
1980-1981
Neuropsychology Extern, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY