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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Training School Professionals & Mental Health Professionals
in counseling and trauma-informed care for a multicultural society

Mona Klausing, M.S., LMFT

Lecturer & Clinical Supervisor

Mona served for 20 years as an international marketing, business and public relations executive in the high-tech industry before joining the counseling profession. As an undergraduate, she obtained a B.A. in Linguistics with a Minor in Japanese Studies from UCSD. Her graduate education includes an M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) from SDSU in 2013, and two post-Master’s certificates in Latin American Family Therapy from Alliant University Mexico City Campus and Narrative Therapy & Community Work from Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD).

Research & Teaching Interests:

Mona has been teaching in the Dept. of Counseling & School Psychology (CSP) since 2014. Her clinical, research and teaching interests include cross cultural counseling skills, group counseling, counseling for social change, multi-ethnic couples and families, women’s health issues, and clinic administration.

Professional Activities:

Mona is a licensed marriage & family therapist (LMFT) and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow. She served as the clinic administrator at SDSU’s off-campus clinic, the Center for Community Counseling & Engagement from 2013-2016. Since leaving that role, Mona has served as Co-Director and Board Member at Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD), a non-profit counseling & training center in Hillcrest. In addition to teaching at SDSU, and supervising MFT students and associates, she maintains a private practice specializing in women’s issues, immigrant clients, multi-ethnic couples and families and offering a number of support groups year-round. She will receive her AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation in 2019.

Conference Presentation:

Heyes, C., Klausing, M., Montoya, R., Yamamoto, M., and Zamani, N. (2015). Employing a social constructionist lens and collaborative practices in the management of a student-run, university-sponsored community mental health clinic. AAMFT Conference 2015 Poster Presentation.

Personal Interests:

Mona’s diverse interests include music, art, fiction, travel, yoga, cooking, volunteering and enjoying nature with her family and animals.


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