Karisa Barrow, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY24080) 415.640.0134

I strive to create an authentic connection with my clients so we can develop an effective partnership in which healing, trying on new ways of thinking, and exploring change can happen safely. I believe that the foundation of mutual trust, empathy, and curiosity that I create with my clients will help them build meaningful relationships with others, mend old wounds, and learn more about themselves and how they may contribute to their struggles. Helping my clients see themselves through a new lens will help them achieve the growth and fulfillment they want in their lives.                                                                                                                                      Areas of Specialty
• Consultation & Training on Gender & Sexuality Issues
• Gender Affirmative Assessment & Psychotherapy • Professional Development Consultation


Dr. Karisa Barrow, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in providing services to gender and sexually diverse children and their families. She also is the founder and Executive Director of inMind, a group practice that provides psychotherapy, assessment, case management, and consultation for adults and children in Northern California. Additionally, Dr. Barrow is a founding member and mental health provider for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and Mind the Gap consultation group.

Dr. Barrow has authored Psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients, which was published in the July 2014 issue of psychotherapy.net Her recent work, a chapter entitled Addressing Mental Health Conditions Often Experienced by Transgender and Gender Expansive Children will was released in late May, The Gender Affirmative Model: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive Children.

Dr. Barrow's expertise also reaches wider network through her position as Adjunct Faculty at the Wright Institute supervising and training new clinicians. She also presided as Chair of Division I of the California Psychological Association and President of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

She was trained psychoanalytically with concentrated interests in contemporary psychoanalytic, developmental, feminist, and queer theory. She specializes in working with gender and sexual minorities, bereavement, as well as foster care and adopted children. She also conducted research on and developed a training manual for the psychoanalytically inclined practitioner working with gender-variant and transgender men. Dr. Barrow is comfortable helping clients with a diverse range of emotional and psychological problems, including longstanding dysfunctional patterns and substance dependency issues. Through the breadth of her work, she has provided support toward both immediate and enduring of change for her patients confronting various emotional difficulties.

Dr. Barrow has worked in community mental health since 1996. She provided Case Management with impoverished youth and their children for several years before her doctoral studies. She graduated with a Psy.D. from The Wright Institute in June of 2008. During her scholastic pursuits, she received clinical training at St. Luke’s Hospital, an in-patient psychiatric unit, The Wright Institute Clinic, and the Family Mosaic Project. She provided psychological assessments and individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as family and parenting work in the context of the clinic and public school sector at the Ann Martin Center and WestCoast Children’s Clinic.

If you are looking for consultation or psychological services, please call Dr. Barrow @ 415.640.0134 or email her at drkarisabarrow@inmindcare.com