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Karen Kay, PhD

About Dr. Karen Kay

Dr. Kay is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in
private practice since1985.  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.


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

Professional Experience and Activities

2015 - Present
Training and Supervising Analyst, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Panelist: "Working with Children, Adolescents and Adults," presented at the 38th Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self

Member, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Member, Board of Directors, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Certified LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy Provider (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)

Facilitator, Extension Class, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

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

Private Practice.  Psychotherapy with adults, children, and families.  Parent consultation and parent training

Clinical Supervisor, The Maple Center, Beverly Hills, CA

Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Clinical Supervisor, California Family Study Center, North Hollywood, CA

Associate Adjunct Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA

Staff Psychologist, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA

Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Staff Psychologist, Charles River Hospital, Wellesley, MA

Staff Psychologist, Metropolitan State Hospital, Waltham, MA

Staff Psychologist, Hudson County Meadowview Hospital, Secaucus, NJ

Family Therapy Extern, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Philadelphia, PA

Family Therapy Trainee, Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, New York, NY

Pre-doctoral Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Psychology Extern, Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY

Neuropsychology Extern, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY       


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