Licensed Clinical Social Worker

California #85819

Nevada #8129-C

Associate Clinical Social Worker California # 90219
Under the supervision of Sharon Arfa, LMFT

Ian Karlsson



As a young adult, Ian’s personal experiences kindled a strong desire to grow closer to and alleviate the emotional pain in the lives of those he loved. Since then, he has learned what it means to walk with someone struggling, while gaining the utmost respect, compassion, and fascination for their stories, lived experiences, and human nature. Ian has a wealth of experience working with a wide variety of populations including adults experiencing homelessness, psychosis, mood dysregulation, as well as refugee families and recently immigrated youth. He specializes in working with trauma survivors and is trained in EMDR.

Ian is actively engaged and very supportive in the therapy room. Clients working with Ian have reported that they love Ian’s down to earth, proactive, and nonjudgmental approach. Ian works together with his clients to learn, gain insight, and heal from past trauma. Ian has a way of making others feel safe. He has helped many first time, or initially reluctant, clients overcome paralyzing anxieties, insecurities, and heartbreaks they once believed would be a forever part of their lives. 

Many may not know that: Ian bicycled from Portland, Oregon to New York while he was in college. His favorite hobby is “trying” to write fiction. Outside the therapy room, you may find him spending his time watching soccer.  


  • Master of Social Work — Azusa Pacific University
  • BA in History — Azusa Pacific University

Professional Experience

  • Psychotherapist — Private Practice
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker — Clark County School District
  • Adjunct Professor — Touro College
  • School Therapist — Family Service Agency of Burbank
  • Psychotherapist — Wellness & Education Group, Inc.
  • MSW Intern — Assistance League of Southern California
  • MSW Intern — Saint Barnabas Senior Services
  • Psychotherapist — The A Treatment Center
  • Psychiatric Social Worker — Hillview Mental Health Center
  • Therapist — Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project
  • MSW Intern — Union Station Homeless Services
  • Employment Specialist — Abilities at Work
  • Resettlement Intern — RefugeeOne


  • California: Studio City & Pasadena Offices + Online
  • California: Online
  • Nevada: Online

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