Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health
Therapy and Counseling Services

Working With Karla Papula

Karla Papula, MA

Community Partnership COORDINATOR

Associate marriage & Family Therapist, #111495

supervised by Shirley bar-dvir, lmft# 44258

845.288.2592 |

office in oakland, ca.

Becoming fully alive is a nonlinear process that deserves to be supported and seen by someone who really gets you. Therapy with me is relational, humanistic, empathic, body-oriented, mindful and experiential.

I am a soultender. I pay attention to that which is most meaningful to you and support you in surrendering what no longer serves you. I am interested in helping you cultivate your deepest calling and purpose.

I am a fierce protector of authenticity, truth and value maintaining sacred relationships. I believe that the wounding that happens in relationship can be healed in relationship. Strengthening your mind-body connection can give you access to deeper wisdom, intuition and truth. Having access to a strong internal observer can guide you toward cultivating the life that is most in alignment with your passions, needs and dreams. Trauma experiences and stress symptoms can complicate our sense of who we are and can inhibit our ability to access this embodied wisdom. Our sense of who we are and how we embody that is also impacted by the intersection of myriad factors related to: culture, sexuality, real lived experience-history, race, gender, ability, education, language, class, the politics of appearance, religion, etc. Your position in the scheme of it all will be explored, held and celebrated in the therapeutic process.

I am a belonging activist. I believe that our sense of belonging, in our bodies, to our communities, in our culture, professions and families of origin, impacts us socially, cognitively, behaviorally, emotionally, somatically, spirituality and existentially. We can rediscover what “home” means to you, together.

I am a Shepard of the unknown. I will walk with you into the scary questions that you have yet to find the answers to. I believe that curiosity, clarity and compassion will guide you to where the answers already exist within you.

I am trained in both holistic and traditional therapeutic modalities. Some of my favorite to draw from are: body-centered psychotherapy, buddhist psychology, client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, depth therapy/analytical psychology, dialectical behavioral therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, evolutionary psychology, existential therapy, expressive arts therapy, gender-expansive therapy, gestalt therapy, hakomi method, internal family systems therapy, liberation psychology, narrative therapy, multigenerational trauma, non-violent communication, object relations theory, polyvagal theory, psychodynamic therapy, socially just therapy, solution-focused therapy and systems theory. This breadth and depth of theory and practice speaks to my identity as an adaptable and collaborative clinician. Your therapy will be unique and curated to meet your specific needs and positionality.

“The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.” -William James

My practice is informed by the belief that we are living in fragmented and divisive times. We are being challenged to shift our fear, shame, anger and sadness into opportunities for healing and uniting. When we are supported in feeling into our most tender places and befriending all of our parts, we can take responsibility for what is ours, develop boundaries and learn to communicate from a heartful, grounded place.

Together, we can study the habits of your heart, work on having difficult conversations, develop boundaries, deepen your sense of self, explore the impact of multigenerational patterns, experiment with your thoughts/feelings/sensations in the here-and-now, and co-create sacred rituals to help you mark important transitions in your life.

A graduate of John F. Kennedy's holistic Counseling psychology program

Additional training in:

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Ritual

  • Non-violent Communication

  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy

  • Gender-Competent Therapy

  • Trauma

  • Social Injustices; Bias, Privilege, Oppressive Structures

  • Queer & Feminist Studies

specializing in WORKING WITH:

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics

  • “Anxious/Avoidant”or “Pursuer/Distancer” Partnership Pairing

  • Artists/Creatives

  • Assertiveness Training

  • Attachment/Relational Issues

  • Boundary Building

  • Couples

  • Developing Self-Leadership

  • Disordered Eating Patterns

  • Gender Nonconformity/Gender Variance

  • Groups

  • Harm Reduction Approach to Substance Use

  • Highly Sensitive People

  • Issues of Meaning, Freedom, Justice, Belonging & Death

  • LGBTQIA+ Community

  • Sexual Identity

  • White Fragility

  • Women’s Empowerment

  • Young Adults In Transition

To request a free 30 minute consultation to see if we’re a fit,

contact me @ 845-288-2592 or


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