About Charlotte McKernan
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT, MFT.0001913) based in Fort Collins, CO. I received a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, International Studies, and French from the University of Oregon (go Ducks!), as well as a Master's of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Colorado State University. I have completed post-graduate training in Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT- Level 2), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and the Gottman method (Level 2). I have also done Othmer-method Neurofeedback training for developmental trauma.
What ties all this training together? Stress. Not mine— though there's been plenty of that— but what stress is, how it works, how it affects us and our relationships, and what we can do about it. See some of my published work here and here, and my CV here.
I used to think that if I could just control my stress, what others thought about me, and become the most perfect version of myself, then I would finally be happy and my relationships would finally be "fixed." But the more I tried to be perfect, the more I obsessed over everything and the more out of control I actually became. It was only through mindfulness, self-compassion, and body trust that I was able to get to a place of happiness and fulfillment. And that's what I want to help you accomplish.
Whether we're working together one-on-one or in a couple, you can expect someone who is down to earth, insightful, and good-humored. I like the philosophical side of things, but I'm also extremely practical and will help you establish tools and strategies for changing your relationship to yourself and those around you. By getting to know yourself, you will free yourself from internal constraints and show up in the world in an authentic, meaningful way.
I'd love to hear from you to see if we're a good match to work together. Email now to set up a free phone consultation.