Ms. Karen Pernet

Clinical Social Work/Therapist , LCSW , BCD , RPT-S

(925) 695-7986
When individuals, couples, families or children make the difficult decision to come to therapy they are usually feeling stuck and often scared. Each of us has our own strength and wisdom which we don't see when we are troubled. My goal is for us to work together to rediscover those qualities. I use a cattail plant as a symbol of how I see therapy. Why? Cattails are found stuck in a marsh and often regarded as weeds. But when looked at carefully they are graceful and strong. Let me help you find your strength and grace.
The power of a caring relationship, gently sprinkled with humor, is an essential ingredient my work. I focus on issues as they are experienced in the here and now while keeping in mind that the past affects our bodies and our minds. One specialty is working gently with trauma.
When treating families with children from 3 to 12, I may suggest Filial Therapy, a highly effective combination of play and family therapy. I am a registered play therapist-supervisor, a sandtray therapist and a trauma therapist. Additionally, I provide supervision, consultation and training for professionals.
Call or Email Ms. Karen Pernet for a free phone consultation now - (925) 695-7986


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work
  • Year Graduated: 1986
  • License No. and State: 23635 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $100 - $150
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Paypal

Accepted Insurance Plans:

  • Aetna
  • Out of Network
  • Medicare
  • ValueOptions

Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit .


Growth through Play Therapy Trainers
OaklandCalifornia 94602
(925) 695-7986
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  • Child or Adolescent
  • Adoption
  • Trauma and PTSD


  • Anxiety
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Infertility
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Grief
  • Parenting
  • Spirituality


  • Lesbian Issues

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Other Racial or Ethnic Background


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation:

  • Family / Marital
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandtray Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Supervision & Consultation


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

Professional Connections

Mrs. Barbara Nuckols, MA, LMFT

Mrs. Barbara Nuckols, MA, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist
Colleague, known for 8 years
Greg Kaplan, MS, MA, LMFT

Greg Kaplan, MS, MA, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist
Colleague, known for 4 years
Mr. Laura Wittenberg, MFT, BCPC

Mr. Laura Wittenberg, MFT, BCPC

Marriage & Family Therapist

Nearby Areas

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Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014