Karena H. Montag, MFTMFC 45487


Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples & Adolescents

Karena is a skillful and heartfelt facilitator, presenter, and psychotherapist. She has worked at the intersection of social justice and mental wellness for nearly 20 years and has trained hundreds of community members in the philosophy, practices, and principles of Restorative Justice and Circle-Keeping.  Karena holds that well-being is integral to achieving personal and community safety and her life-work centers the experiences of those directly impacted by interpersonal and state violence.  Karena has worked closely with survivors and those who are responsible for causing harm and believes in community responses to violence.

Drawn to the transformative work of trauma-healing and rigorous accountability, Karena facilitator of and trainer for VOEG (Victim / Offender Education Group) circles with the men inside of San Quentin Prison - a transformative experience and restorative practice.
San Francisco-born & raised, Karena earned her B.A. from The Evergreen State College & her M.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in Integral Psychology.  Karena is a recipient of the Harriet Whitman Lee Partnership Award from the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC) and the LoveLife Foundation Oakland's Finest Award for Service.  She has been interviewed on the subject of, and her work in, Restorative Justice for radio and TV, has served as a consultant on tertiary prevention in Central America, and facilitated Restorative Justice training in Mexico.  Karena maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, CA.
Outside of her work, Karena loves to cook, learn from horses & spend time with friends in the sun.

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