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Meet Karen (she/her/hers)
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

These are times that impact your ability to “keep up” with the pace of society, and expectations of others and yourself. Taking the time to process the feelings that come up, learning coping skills and evaluating what you are able to do, and what you do not have enough time or energy to do, can help with managing the stress of changing roles or responsibilities.

I listen and process deeply, helping you navigate concerns and sort through mixed feelings, and I guide you in listening to your inner self, in making decisions and taking next steps towards where you want to be.

 

I enjoy seeing people go from feeling like they don’t deserve to have needs, much less have them met, to communicating their needs, reducing depression and anxiety, and experiencing more confidence and empowerment.

 

When I’m not working, I enjoy yoga, dancing, reading, kayaking, cross country skiing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

Licensure

Minnesota Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 

Education

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology 

Experience

  • Hospice Care

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Team

  • Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)

  • Adjunct Faculty - 9 years of teaching psychology

  • Community Mental Health - therapy for adults utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)​

 

Therapeutic Approach

My approach to therapy draws from several methods, in order to tailor treatment to your specific needs. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, grief, stress management and adjustment to life changes.

You will find that I am deeply empathetic and will guide you in exploring emotions to identify what kinds of events, situations, thoughts, etc., contributed to it. 


On the other hand, you will also see that I have an irreverent sense of humor at times. I think humor and laughter are great at counteracting anxiety and seeing things from a different perspective.

 

I provide a safe and nonjudgmental space to navigate your unique concerns and work towards the changes you are seeking. Learning ways to cope with life's challenges, and healing from past stressful experiences, helps you to feel more secure, stable, and connected with yourself and others. 

Here are the most common approaches I use in the therapeutic process:

  • Mindfulness 

  • Self-compassion 

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills for managing emotions and effective communication skills 

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to process stress, emotions or trauma

 

I frequently teach skills from DBT, because they are useful skills for life, and they are experiential. As we are mindful from moment to moment, our experience is continually changing.   

 

Behavior Chain Analysis is also frequently used to explore the origins and sequence of events, thoughts, feelings and actions that led to a particular moment, whether that moment is a crisis or a breakthrough. 

I provide EMDR and attachment focused strategies to individuals who have experienced a lack of secure attachment due to neglect or abuse.

 

I enjoy working with college studentsyoung adultsprofessionals and highly sensitive persons. 

 

I look forward to getting to know you! ​

 

If you are ready to take the next step, we invite you to connect with us. Our counselors offer a free 15-minute phone or video consultation so you can get a feel for whether we are a good fit for your unique needs.

 

If you’re interested in learning more, contact us. We'd love to help you get started!