Karen has a therapy practice in Burlington, Ontario. She earned her Honours B.A.Sc. in Family Studies from the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph and then spent years in vocational/educational assessment, counselling and coaching plus individual and team counselling. While raising a family she continued to take counselling courses and training, many concerning Dissociative Identity Disorder. Becoming a qualified Certified Pastoral Counsellor involved both biblical studies and spiritual counselling courses and training. She is now a Registered Professional Counsellor and is also a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.
Ongoing Education and Training have included Depression, Marriage and Family, Stress Test, Child and Sex Abuse, Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Anger Management, Dream Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Disordered Eating, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)-Individual, Peer Support and Group, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Attachment Theory.
I place high value on expanding my ‘tool box,’ adding therapy approaches, treatment modalities and information generated by recent research as opportunity presents. However, for you these tools are adapted to what you want to achieve, what is effective for your personality and the nature and severity of the problem. Brief therapy may be your priority. Transportation or babysitting limitations may make webcam or phone counselling what works for you. If your orientation to life is spiritual, I am also a Certified Pastoral Counsellor.
Common to all these options is a safe, caring, and encouraging environment. Although it is fulfilling for therapy to relieve the symptoms of stress and problems, there is more gold to be had in growth and healing. When the cobwebs get cleared away, you are more ‘you,’ clearer, stronger, more able to live effectively, with greater freedom and more connected to the purpose and meaning of your life. Hidden strengths that were there all along can surface.
I provide a free 10 minute chat in person or on the phone to give you a chance to see if we would work well together.
I am happily married with a daughter, son-in-law, son and daughter-in-law and two grandsons. There are others above our front door trying to get into our family, busy building their nests. We enjoy birds and love their songs! We're happy to share our front door with them. We only ask they do their business elsewhere. It's a standoff.