M.A. Program Faculty: Katherine Tarnoff, MA, LMFT

Katherine Tarnoff, MA, LMFT
Core Faculty

B.S., Communications, Boston University, 2007
M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute, 2012

Ms. Tarnoff is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience and a passionate commitment to working in community mental health. Her primary focus has been in home and school based settings in Alameda and Contra Costa County, serving families, children and adolescents in individual and group therapy. Ms. Tarnoff is currently a staff clinician for Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) in Richmond, CA with attention toward systemic change within the school district, focusing her efforts through a restorative justice model and trauma-informed care.

Ms. Tarnoff's clinical work in community mental health offers collaborative and culturally sensitive approaches toward treatment including Narrative, Solution-Focused and Brief Strategic Family Therapy. Ms. Tarnoff has organized community efforts in Richmond to write grants that engage environmental support such as starting a WRAP around program, provide trainings to educators around complex and developmental trauma, as well as starting a school garden and a holiday gift drive. Ms. Tarnoff has experience working closely with Children and Family Services (CFS) as well as direct response and foster care providers, offering support around reunification with children and their parents.

Ms. Tarnoff also has a part-time private practice in Berkeley where she works with adults, families, adolescents and children in a group and individual capacity. Her private practice work also focuses on providing psychological assessments, screenings, consultations and counseling for donors and surrogates involved in the process of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Ms. Tarnoff has worked with various fertility centers such as: Northern California Fertility Medical Center, Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Health Center, UCSF Medical Center, California IVF: Davis Fertility Center and Woman to Woman Fertility Center.

Katherine has received post-graduate training in play therapy, expressive arts/ art therapy, specialized counseling for individuals engaging in the process of assisted reproductive technology and ongoing facilitator training around multicultural awareness and sensitivity.

In her spare time, Ms. Tarnoff is exploring running trails around the Bay, enjoys backcountry trekking and travel with her partner, cooking and discovering new live music.

Professional Memberships

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Association for Play Therapy (APT)
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)


Multicultural Awareness and Sensitivity
Community Mental Health
Family Therapy II: Postmodern Theory