My values as a counselor are to embody openness, respect, and empowerment. I seek to share what I have learned and am learning, both through research and education as well as my own experiences. I strive for cultural humility and decolonizing practices in my work. I often use metaphors, analogies, and storytelling to help clients change behaviors, thought patterns, relationships, and their whole lives. I am affirming of neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, etc) as well as all gender/sexual/affective identities. I am also able to integrate the language of personality typologies such as the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs into therapy, when this is helpful and desired. Additionally, I firmly believe in never taking myself too seriously.
I believe that spirituality, or the connection with something bigger than ourselves that also connects us to all beings, is a part of health and wellness. This connection can be expressed through a religion or through experiences in nature, with art, or related to a social/political cause. Questioning and deconstructing beliefs associated with religion can be a painful and lonely experience, but is often a vital step in becoming who we are meant to be - wholly integrated, free individuals with humility and empathy. It is an honor to come alongside individuals who are in this process and help them find peace and wisdom.
I primarily work from a theoretical stance combining Compassion-Focused Therapy (which integrates self-compassion with evolutionary psychology) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also integrate components of Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. I am a trauma-informed professional and seek to keep up with current research in this field.
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Karen will seek training from the Religious Trauma Institute in the near future.
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I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) as of June 13, 2021.