Lara Kalaf PhD Candidate

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What I Do

I work on different projects related to trauma, art, and  psychotherapy in San Diego and abroad


I am completing my PhD in psychology which I started in Montreal, Canada. My research explores how expressive art therapies enhance resilience to war trauma and was conducted with Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

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I have been have providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults for over four years and recently began also offering parental coaching to families (PCIT) in San Diego.

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Corporate Consulting

With a background in Human Resources, I enjoy providing training and consulting to therapists, corporations, and non profits around the world.

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My Passions

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About Me

About Me

I currently live in San Diego, California, where I provide psychotherapy at a local private clinic as a registered psychological assistant. I will soon complete my Ph.D. in Montreal, Canada and plan to be licensed and provide psychological services in San Diego and Montreal.

I value the uniquely rich experiences and knowledge I've gained from the different countries and settings I have worked at throughout my career. To put my knowledge to good use, I plan to establish Art4lives as a non-profit and consulting firm within the next year. Please get in touch if you want to stay in the loop or contribute to our cause.

— Lara Kalaf

Art4Lives is an initiative focused on providing art-based therapy to marginalized and/or refugee kids.

We seek to enhance their resilience and shield them from the effects of war and other types of trauma.

I started this initiative, while conducting my PhD, because I couldn't stand idly by knowing that innocent kids are losing their lives to war.

I'm always looking for volunteers or partners for this project, so please contact me if you'd like to help us tell their story.

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Psychologists, Marketers,  Artists, Researchers, Proposal Writers,