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MA, LMFT Kara Ranes

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Kara Ranes is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: MA, LMFT
Years in Practice: 11
State: CA

Hello! My name is Kara Ranes. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2009. I have over a decade of experience in psychotherapy and have worked with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. I use a multidisciplinary approach to therapy, combining elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused therapy to help clients gain self-awareness regarding maladaptive thought processes that impact emotional and behavioral functioning and prevent clients from achieving their goals. My primary focus is to provide you a safe and contained space in which complex personal issues can be explored, more fully understood, and better managed.

I have extensive experience treating a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders, ADHD, addiction, and dual-diagnosis. I specialize in treatment of depression, anxiety, and addiction. I am currently in the process of becoming certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a therapeutic model designed to treat trauma. I understand the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship, as research indicates it is the biggest predictor of success in therapy. My genuine and empathic nature allows me to connect with different personality types and tailor my therapeutic approach to you, based on your specific treatment needs.

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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Stress Anxiety Addictions Relationship issues Self esteem Depression LGBT Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Grief Intimacy-related issues Eating disorders Parenting issues Anger management Career difficulties Bipolar disorder Coping with life changes
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Kara continues to be a tremendous support, especially in these times of uncertainty. She has a gift for meeting the client or they are, supporting their experiences and offering new and helpful perspectives. I am so grateful to have her in my corner!

Jan 03, 2023


Kara continues to be a tremendous source of support, insight, encouragement and affirmation. It is so helpful when going through tough changes to have a caring, compassionate and wise therapist in your corner. Kara is the best!

G.I.·Apr 18, 2022


Kara is the best of the best: empathic, insightful, caring and relatable. She has helped me achieve breakthrough in so many areas, from family relationships to personal boundaries to processing the most difficult physical health issue of my life. Having Kara in my corner has made and continues to make a world of difference. I could not be more fortunate to have her as my therapist!

G.I.·Dec 13, 2021


Reconnecting with Kara has truly been a godsend. As fate would have it, I am going through by far the most medically vulnerable chapter of my life. Having Kara to shoulder the experience with (and process the experience with) has truly been a lifeline. Together, we are finding a life-giving path forward. Thank you, Ms. Kara, for your therapeutic presence!

G.I.·Aug 10, 2021


She’s been great so far. I think being able to talk more times throughout the week would be helpful.

B.R.·Apr 12, 2021


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