“She sets in motion all the energies of
The soul and the intellect

She imparts deep knowledge
To all who are seekers of truth.”
~ Rig Veda 1.3.12 *

Kairin-robbinsBlending ancient wisdom traditions with modern, present moment, body based, psychotherapies, Karin Robbins, LCSW, SEP supports integration of flow and ease into the healing process.

Enjoying a private practice in Santa Cruz, California, Karin’s work stems from traditional Western psychotherapies that are seamlessly combined with somatic approaches and Eastern wisdom traditions. Her approach is gentle and effective, warm and grounded.

Karin’s deeply caring nature for community and people has been present throughout her life. The courageous life story of Anne Frank was Karin’s early inspiration for inquiry into the strength and resilience of human beings, particularly in the face of great suffering. Helping others to live better lives is the very essence of Karin’s work, which is based on her own way of being, and how she herself shows up in the world. Karin promotes resilience, compassion, truth, mindfulness, grace, strength and connection in her own life and the lives of others.

As a young woman, Karin became deeply inspired and passionate about the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS, and has maintained her commitment to both the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities for over two decades. She has worked with the HIV/AIDS community in hospital, clinic, home health, and psychotherapy settings since 1994; and has been a frequent volunteer and fundraiser for people living with HIV/AIDS since 1988.

Karin loves learning and growing and can often be found in a new class or training. She has a love of ancient feminine wisdom traditions, and exploring them through creativity, dance, music and writing. Nature is one of her greatest teachers, healers, and guides and Karin finds her way to the ocean or into the forest as much as possible.

A trip to India in 2011 inspired a love for the country and its people. India has since become an ever present source of wisdom, strength, and love; inspiring her study of yoga, Ayurveda, and mindfulness meditation—all of which Karin infuses into her life and work.

Karin earned her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. She spent twenty-two years working in public and private agency settings providing direct services, clinical and administrative supervision, program planning and development, prior to opening her full time private practice in 2012.

As co-creator of various mindfulness workshops and groups for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health staff and consumers between 2008 and 2012, Karin began her love of teaching and sharing mindfulness. She continues to offer these workshops in the community and in her private practice.


• Somatic Experiencing® (SE) Practitioner
• NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM) Practitioner
• SE Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists
• Yoga and Ayurveda Lifestyle Specialist (300 hours)
• Mindfulness Meditation: Insight LA, Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), and Spirit Rock Meditation Center

To learn more about Karin’s work, please check out My Approach and Offerings.

* Quoted from Awaken The Slumbering Goddess by Ashok Bedi, MD