Carly Lukas, MA, LMFT

Master’s Degree:
California Institute of Integral Studies
Bachelor's Degree:
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!