Karl  Stenske

Karl Stenske

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT Practice: Lighthouse Counseling Solutions Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Quail Hill Accepting In-person
Updated January 20, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adoption & foster care
  • Attachment issues
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Childhood trauma
  • Abandonment issues

Professional statement

Karl is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #136098; supervised by Mike Chang, LMFT 86321. Experienced in working the trauma, adoption, attachment, and parenting, Karl uses a variety of techniques in order to assist you in the pursuit of your goals. Additionally he is trained in Brainspotting and able to use this model through telehealth.

Holding a Master’s Degree from Touro University Worldwide in Marriage and Family Therapy, along with an Individualized Master’s Degree from Goddard College in Adoption Studies, Karl has well over a decade of experience in working with individuals and families through some of life’s most challenging issues. As an adoption specialist and former director of a foster and adoption agency, Karl is well versed in trauma, attachment, relinquishment, reunification, searching, relationships and parenting adopted and foster children. Though his background is in the adoption arena, he has a breadth of experience in working with many other life circumstances including depression, anxiety, couples, career, sexuality, gender identity, family issues and more.

As a therapist Karl works to create a safe and trusting relationship in order for you to have the support and connection you need to work on what matters most to you. It is through your trust and safety with Karl that you will be able to honestly explore your life and create the change important to you. He is looking forward to being a part of your journey.

Message to clients

Finding the right therapist can be daunting. All of the profiles start to look the same and it seems like all of the therapists are saying the same thing. How are you supposed to choose the right one for you? My advice is to find a few therapists that stand our to you for any reason and set up an appointment or two. Continually searching is only delaying the better life you are working to find.

I certainly hope I am one of those that stand out to you and that we get a chance to meet and see if I am the right person to support you through the hard work of healing and growing. If you choose to work with me you will find that I am open minded and accepting. Your story, no matter how hard, shameful or hurtful it has been to you, will be met with acceptance, curiosity and reassurance. Rest assured I will challenge you when the time is right and encourage you all along the way, however, it is all based on the trust we build together.

If you are working to heal from past hurts, learn better skills in relationships or figuring out how to parent your particular child, I am willing, able and eager to go on this journey with you.


Adoption & foster care - Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Abandonment issues - Developing an understanding of one’s abandonment issues, including their origins and how they impact relationships; practicing trust and growing confidence in relationships


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser
  • MHN/Health Net
  • Optimum
  • Optum

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $165 (50min)


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 10am-6pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 10am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri 10am-6pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Quail Hill practice
701 QUAIL MEADOW, IRVINE, California 92603
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-8pm
  • Tue 10am-8pm
  • Wed 10am-8pm
  • Thu 10am-8pm
  • Fri 10am-8pm
  • Sat inquire for hours
  • Sun inquire for hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year

Touro University Worldwide, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy, 2023
Goddard College, Individualized Masters Degree / Adoption Studies, 2011
Goddard College, Individualized Bachelors Degree / Liberal Arts, 2009


California: 139068