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, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the founder and clinical director of inMind, which provides psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation for adults and children in the Bay Area and surrounding communities. Dr. Barrow also is an adjunct faculty member at The Wright Institute and Argosy University and is in private practice in Oakland and San Francisco, where she specializes in working with gender nonconforming, transgender, and GLBQ adults, children, and their families. Dr. Barrow provides psychoeducation and consultation to lay and professional audiences about the mental health needs for gender nonconforming and transgender children. She authored Psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients, which was published in the July 2014 issue of psychotherapy.net.  She actively participates in the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, and she also lends her support to the Mind the Gap collaborative in the Bay Area. Currently, she is President-Elect of Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and Chair-Elect of Division 1 of California Psychological Association (CPA). She also has served as Past-President for Alameda County Psychological Association (ACPA) and Chair of the Educational Committee for NCSPP. 

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@gmail.com