Kara  Kornher
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Kara Kornher


Psychologist, PsyD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Updated October 5, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Codependency
  • Communication issues
  • Couples counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Dating

Professional statement

Dr. Kara Kornher helps couples, individuals and families improve communication and relationship skills, resolve conflicts effectively, and set healthy boundaries while honoring the feelings and needs of all involved. Her approach is affirming and solution-focused. She will help you shift unhealthy thoughts or patterns, learn the best ways to ask for what you want, and create life enhancing relationships.

Dr. Kornher earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics at the College of William and Mary. She completed her junior year abroad in the UK and is a dual citizen of the US and Italy. Dr. Kornher earned her Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 1994 she completed an APA approved internship at UCSD. Her additional experience includes a postdoctoral internship with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, emergency/ER evaluations at Scripps Hospitals, and private practice/consulting throughout her career.

Dr. Kornher spent 27 years assisting college students with mental health, attention and learning issues navigate higher education, while training doctoral level interns in psychological and educational assessment. She also worked as an organizational Ombudsman for 10 years, helping individuals and groups communicate and resolve conflicts effectively in the workplace.

Highlights of Dr. Kornher's other professional experience include working with student athletes at UCLA, providing ADHD assessments for children and adults in the San Diego Area, and writing Matchmaking Reports for Valenti International. Her private practice focuses on helping clients create healthy relationships while maintaining good self care. She see clients virtually throughout California.

To learn more about Dr. Kornher’s approach, please reach out for a free phone consultation.

Message to clients

I enjoy helping individuals & couples from all walks of life improve communication & self-expression, enhance relationships, & gain the ability to meet their own & each others' needs. I will guide you in identifying & communicating your feelings, priorities & values in ways that will enhance connection, reduce conflict, & lead to solutions that work for all.

Asking for help is rarely easy. I welcome the chance to get to know about you, explain my approach & determine how I can best assist you. If you seek to improve your relationships, enhance communication skills, engage in self-reflection & improve your well-being, please reach out. I'd love to speak with you! Contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.

With my affirming & solution-focused approach, I will help you shift your thoughts & patterns in ways that enhance your well-being. I'll teach you advanced communication skills that create/transform relationships into authentic and meaningful connections. When you reach out to loved ones with a request or concern, does it result in blame and conflict instead of understanding? You can change that! When you learn how to best express your feelings & values; know how to set boundaries gracefully; and can give understanding to others even when you disagree, it allows for more kindness and compassion for yourself. Let me show you how.


Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Conflict resolution - Learning how to effectively and compassionately communicate in the face of conflict, whether at work or in personal life

Dating - Exploring one’s thoughts and beliefs about dating and the values that one brings into the dating world; processing through the ups and downs of meeting new people and starting or ending relationships


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Oscar Health
  • Surest (formerly Bind)
  • Trustmark
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $195 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Reduced fee available for shorter sessions: $150 for 45 minutes

Extended Family/Couples Sessions Available: $250 for 90 minutes


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:30 am - 4:30pm
  • Tue 10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Wed 10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thu 10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Fri 10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Sat Emergencies Only
  • Sun Limited Sunday Appointments Available

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 29 years

California State University, San Marcos, Psychologist and Ombudsman, 1996 - 2023

School of Professional Psychology, Wrigth State University, PsyD (Doctor of Psychology), 1994
College of William and Mary, BA, Psychology , 1990


California: 14583