Dr. Karin Schwartz received her Doctorate of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology, at the Alliant International University in San Francisco, California. Her training has included providing well over 3,000 supervised hours of psychotherapy prior to getting licensed. Her graduate school is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Schwartz has over 20 years experience providing psychotherapy to people of diverse backgrounds. Her training has been quite extensive and spanned a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient hospitals, jails, courtrooms, schools, residential substance abuse facilities, and private practice. Dr. Schwartz has provided extensive training, supervision, consultation and teaching services to physicians, interns and other mental health professionals.
She completed her pre-doctoral internships at the Berkeley Mental Health Clinic as well as at the Berkeley Court Program. Prior to that, she piloted, developed, and implemented an elementary school mental health program and provided mental health trainings and consultation services to elementary school staff, students and parents.
As part of her Post-Doctoral Residency, she served as the Chief Dual-Diagnosis Specialist/Therapist at the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Clinics, where she oversaw the Dual Diagnosis program for over 3 years. Dr. Schwartz has been a Behavioral Medicine Consultant at Harbor-UCLA, where she provided training and consultation services to Family Medicine Residents/Physicians, and other medical staff, in order to promote patient self-management of chronic illnesses. In this capacity, she provided Collaborative Care Management trainings, consultation and collateral services with patients and medical staff. She has worked as a Primary Therapist at the world-renowned Promises Residential Drug Treatment Center in Malibu, CA, providing comprehensive clinical assessments, treatment planning, coordination services, and individual and group psychotherapy treatment for clients.
For the past 16 years, Dr. Schwartz has focused her clinical work primarily on the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and other addictions, eating disorders, bariatric/weight loss surgery evaluations and treatment, various anxiety disorders (OCD, Social Anxiety and Panic Disorders),and relationship struggles.
Her professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association (APA), the California Psychological Association (CPA) and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA).