Carly Lukas, MA, LMFT
California Institute of Integral Studies
University of North Carolina
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
I am very excited to join the talented staff here at BACA! As a therapist, I have been honored to work with kids and their families in the school system, and I look forward to being a part of BACA's comprehensive therapeutic team.
I am originally from the east coast, and I have a BA in theatre from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I became more interested in music after graduating, and took up the guitar to write, record, and perform as a singer-songwriter in New York. I ultimately learned that I was not interested in the life of a performer, and remembered that, as a kid, I had a dream of being a therapist after my fabulous acting and singing careers. Well, the acting and singing careers ended up being very short. I am extremely grateful to have found the Expressive Arts Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in which I was able to utilize my artistic abilities and develop them therapeutically.
After graduating from CIIS in 2011, I became the school therapist at an elementary school in Berkeley. There, I had the opportunity to work with children, their families, and the school system in an integrative way. My experience at the school shaped the therapist I am today and trained me in a wide range of issues, such as trauma and loss, parental stress, peer difficulties, depression, anxiety, academic issues, single-parent challenges, and navigating the school system.
I find my position as a therapist to be a deeply humbling one. I am grateful to be a part of the healing process of children and their families, and witness the growth and relief that can develop through a safe and meaningful therapeutic relationship. Through compassion and understanding, and sometimes a gentle push, I attempt to create a safe space to explore challenges and discover new choices. I encourage family engagement as an integral component to a young person's growth. And, I value humor as an important part of healing. As an Expressive Arts Therapist, I specialize in utilizing the arts as a therapeutic tool, as well as play therapy specifically with children.
I look forward to being a part of the deep and exciting work with kids and families that I know happens here at BACA!