My name is Koalani Lahr, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in San Diego, CA. I was born and raised in Hawaii, and I feel that my work and passions are deeply rooted in my multi-cultural heritage. I have lived in California for 15 years, and received my Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. I have worked in youth homeless shelters, inner-city schools, on military installations, and in hospitals. I completed my internship and became a licensed clinician at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry, and it was here that I fell in love with the childhood wonder that is child and family therapy. For several years now I have been working with military families, empowering new and expecting parents during their transition into parenthood. It has been an absolute honor to be able to sit in a safe space with individuals, couples, and their families, and to fully be human.
I find joy in incorporating mindful and spiritual practices into my therapeutic work. I welcome faith-based discussions for those who find value in weaving their faith, prayer, and spiritual journeys into the therapeutic process. And for my non-faith based clients, my clinical training and background provide for a safe and nonjudgmental environment in which we can explore life’s challenges, slow down, and prioritize you and your needs.
I am passionate about finding the balance in our lives, practicing self-compassion, and prioritizing the self. It is one of the healthiest things you can do. And honestly, this comes with its challenges. I am familiar with and understand the challenges of navigating a balanced life while staying connected with others…it is hard work! But remember, we are all works in progress. It is a muscle that needs to be worked out. So think of me as your personal trainer in matters of healthy thoughts and emotional well-being.
In my free time I am spending it with my husband, hiking San Diego trails, taking a dance class, traveling, or visiting as many of my 12 nieces and nephews as I can!
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Mindful Self-Compassion, UCSD
Mindful Based Stress Reduction, UCSD
Positive Discipline Parent Education
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Postpartum Health Alliance
Infant Massage U.S.A.
Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy
University of San Diego
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, English Emphasis
Minor in Sociology
Loyola Marymount University
AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor Training
licensure & certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #93756
AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Certified Educator of Infant Massage