Counseling is a relationship built on trust. Karen is honored by the opportunity to support her clients in their journey of healing, building healthy relationships and attaining their personal and professional goals.
Karen was originally licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1991 and received her Master of Science Degree from Loma Linda University in California. She has practiced as both a Marriage and Family Therapist in the United States and as a Clinical and Counseling Psychologist in Australia. She enjoys working with adults and adolescents in individual therapy sessions. Areas of specialization include:
▪ Women’s Issues
▪ Stress Management
▪ Life Transitions
▪ Grief and Loss
▪ Self Esteem
▪ Social Anxiety
▪ LGBTQIA+ Affirming
▪ Trauma/ PTSD
Karen provides individualized and compassionate care using a client centered, strength-based approach in order to support her clients in attaining the coping skills, self-awareness and mindset they need to overcome life’s challenges. She works collaboratively with her clients and together they develop a treatment plan that is tailored for them and their needs.
In addition, as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Karen looks at family systems and how relationships may be impacting the healing process. She also draws from the following therapeutic approaches and utilizes techniques from: Solution-Focused, Strength Based, CBT, Behavioral, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Narrative, Art and Accelerated Resolution Therapy in order to support her clients in achieving their unique therapeutic goals.
In a therapy session with Karen, you can expect an accepting, warm and encouraging environment created to foster growth, healing and the achievement of your personal and professional goals.
On a personal note, Karen loves gardening and floral design. She also loves being involved in the Theater Arts and has trained with South Coast Repertory Theater in CA and with the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Australia. She is also passionate about volunteering on the production team at her church and participating in equine assisted therapy sessions.