Meet Dr. Samaniego Estrada

Hello and Welcome!

Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task with so many options available. I appreciate your decision to explore this journey with me. I’m Dr. Karina Samaniego Estrada, and here’s a bit about my path to becoming a psychologist and how I can support you.

Personal Background and Motivation

From a young age, I was inspired by the profound impact psychotherapy can have—not just on individuals, but also on those around them. Witnessing these transformative effects firsthand at the age of 15, I was motivated to pursue a career that could bring meaningful change to people’s lives. As a first-generation immigrant who grew up bilingual and bicultural, I uniquely understand the challenges and rewards associated with immigrant experiences, which deeply inform my practice and research.

Professional Training and Specialization

I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado—an institution accredited by the American Psychological Association. My Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology was earned at the University of North Texas. Throughout my career, I have focused on trauma, childhood abuse, neglect, and issues affecting undocumented immigrants.

Certifications and Professional Memberships

  • EMDR Certified Therapist (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Certified PCIT Therapist (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
  • Certified TF-CBT Therapist (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Gottman Leader of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Couples Program

I am a licensed psychologist in Texas (License #37394) and an active member of several professional associations including the American Psychological Association (APA), the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and the Texas Psychological Association (TPA).

Online Services Nationwide

Thanks to my accreditation and credentials, I am also able to provide online therapy services across various states in the USA. This allows me to support more individuals and families in their journeys toward healing and growth, no matter where they are located.

Thank you for considering my services. I look forward to the opportunity to work together and support your journey toward healing and growth.

– Dr. Karina Samaniego Estrada”