With over seven years of experience treating the chemically-dependent population of San Diego, Lindsay Kramer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) that brings expertise, compassion, and perpetually-evolving insight into her work at Caroline Stewart and Associates. Lindsay graduated from the University of San Diego with her Master's degree in Marital and Family Therapy 2008, but began her work with families and their children in 2004 by providing parent education and social skills groups to hundreds of families in San Bernardino country.
A San Diego native, Lindsay continued her work with school-aged children while beginning graduate school in 2006, but found her passion in the mental health field when she initiated her clinical hours at the Phoenix House of San Diego. During this three-year period, Lindsay immersed herself in the demographic of adolescents and their families that struggled to overcome substance abuse/dependence. From there, Lindsay solidified her future as a psychotherapist as she learned that the "dual diagnosis" focus was inherently a second language due to the combination of her own family experience and resounding comfort in this often-challenging work. Lindsay then transitioned to San Diego's East County empire as she took a job as a Dual Diagnosis clinician for the county-funded nonprofit, San Diego Youth Services. Lindsay spent three more years deepening her understanding of multi-generational addiction and mental illnesses by providing outpatient services to low-income families through East County juvenile probation and school-based clinical sites. Lindsay now treats chemically-dependent adults within an inpatient/day treatment setting though the SHARP McDonald Center, which allows her to continue enhancing her passion for overall recovery and long-term growth within the individuals and families in which she serves.
Though typically provided on a long-term treatment modality, Lindsay also provides psychotherapy on a short-term, solution-focused basis. Lindsay is fluent in working with individuals, couples, and families, and loves a good therapeutic challenge. Aside from her expertise in chemical dependency/addictive behaviors, Lindsay specializes in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems in adolescents (ranging from ADHD to conduct disorder), complex traumas (including abuse and PTSD), personality disorders, and phase of life problems. Lindsay is also always up-to-date with current drug trends that are so pervasively (and unfortunately) impacting our communities, families, and children.
American Addiction Centers (AAC)
American Addiction Centers (AAC) is the leading provider for addiction treatment across the U.S. specializing in evidence-based treatment and mental health care.
At AAC, we aim to treat the whole person, which includes those with co-occurring mental health disorders, physical illnesses, or social issues related to addiction treatment.