Karin Schlanger

Karin Schlanger

  • Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Cultural adaptation at work and school
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Vocational counseling
  • Children and adolescents
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family conflicts
  • Losses
  • Infidelities
  • Peer relationships
  • Relationship problems
  • School problems
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Stress
  • Video game addictions
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Anger / anger management
  • Autism or Disorders within the Autistic spectrum
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Life transitions
  • Marriage and pre-marriage
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress
  • Rejection
  • Mediation
  • Strategic communication
  • Systemic interventions

Karin Schlanger


Karin Schlanger was the Director of the Brief Therapy Center in MRI since 2008 until the sale of the building in 2019. She continues to be the director of the BTC  currently. She has worked as a psychologist, supervisor in the Brief Therapy Model and professor at several universities internationally.

She studied Psychology in the Universidad of Buenos Aires - Argentina and graduated in 1982. She arrived at the MRI in 1983 having heard of the work of John Weakland, Dick Fisch and Paul Wazlawick and worked with them until the end of their days. In 1990, she opened the Centro Latino de Terapia Breve to do research on how this pure American model of Problem solving can be applied in other cultures. This project continues today, working with low income Spanish-speaking families, who are at the worse end of society’s inequality.

In 2012, she founded a NGO, Room to Talk, to offer psychological services to students, families and school staff at the school. She was the Executive Director.

She has been a professor in several local Universities — University of San Francisco, Stanford University, School of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Notre Dame de Namur, and other Universities of Spain — Valencia International University, Universidad de Abat Oliva, Institut Systemic de Barcelona. She is a supervisor in the Hospital of San Pau, in Barcelona.

Karin is the author of a book that has been translated to 5 languages, and the author of many articles and chapters of lots of books throughout the years.

Also, in 2012, she has started the Grupo Palo Alto Internacional, which was officially launched in Mexico, January – 2016.

Karin Schlanger
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