Karla Elgin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida.
She is currently working with clients at South Orlando Counseling, a faith based ministry affiliated with South Orlando Baptist Church. She takes a holistic, integrative approach to counseling and health care and is trained in psychotherapy, family systems, EMDR, and compassion fatigue.
With a passion for missionary care and cross-cultural counseling, Karla served with the International Mission Board’s Member Care team in Southeast Asia as a counselor intern and worked in Texas as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate counseling refugees. She has traveled to countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as Central America, to provide counseling services and trainings in the areas of disaster mental health, trauma, and lay counseling skills.
Along with her work overseas and with refugees, her experience includes counseling the family and general community from the local church setting both in office and online. And, in the area of addictions, Karla worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in Texas in an adult residential and outpatient addiction services area providing individual and group counseling. Her most recent trainings have been in the areas around trauma and Christian Sex Therapy.
Master of Arts Degree, Marriage and Family Counseling: Southwestern Seminary
Master of Arts Degree, Communication: Regent University
Bachelor of Arts Degree, English: University of North Florida
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Communications: University of North Florida
License & Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Florida License #MT3466
Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Relationship Assessment Facilitator
Green Cross Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist
Reverse Culture Shock and Third Culture Kids, Tampa Trauma Education Center
Cognitive Processing Therapy Web Medical University of South Carolina
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Web Medical University of South Carolina
Play Therapy – University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy Summer Institute
Sandtray Therapy with Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Advanced Sexual Addiction and other Christian Sex Therapy graduate courses, The Institute for Sexual Wholeness, Richmont Graduate University
Grief, Trauma, & PTSD
Substance Use Disorders
Basic Skills for Working with Smokers, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Cannabis Youth Treatment, Texas Department of State Health Services
Various other post graduate trainings and workshops for continuing education
Memberships & Associations
American Association of Christian Counselors
Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
American Board of Christian Sex Therapists, Professional Associate Member