Karen Allen, LMHC, CHT, CAMS

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I am a licensed mental health counselor and am qualified to supervise interns and provisionally licensed mental health counselors. Ongoing education is an important element of my practice which is one reason I am pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling. I believe educational engagement helps me provide up-to-date care for my clients.
 
Often, clients ask me if I can fix them and I respond by letting them know I will journey with them but the work of healing and growth is a privilege meant for them. I am present to listen, to empathize, to teach skills and how to use them, and to offer encouragement. As a teacher, I cannot make the student learn any more than a physician can heal. I offer my knowledge, skills, abilities, and hope so my clients have the physical, mental, and emotional supports that allow healing to occur. In counseling, you will do the work of healing, repair, and growth as you are able. It is a process and there will be moments when you feel you are digressing rather than progressing. You will realize success as long as you do not give up. You are well worth the investment of time, energy, and money.
 
Your first two or three appointments will be assessment appointments. Assessment allows your therapy to be individualized to meet your specific needs. I offer brief therapies designed to resolve specific issues quickly and I do my best to minimize the number of appointments required. My clients take an active role in their treatments and determine the speed at which they move through therapy.
 
One therapy I am proud to provide is Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or A.R.T. for short. My first experience with A.R.T. occurred when it was in its pilot research phase proving its efficacy for treating trauma and PTSD. I was a treatment recipient and was impressed with A.R.T.'s ability to ferret out underlying memories contributing to problems in the present. My resolution required only one treatment. Studies of combat-related PTSD have shown A.R.T. to be an effective treatment delivering results in as few as six treatments (published studies are posted at www.IS-ART.org). What both my clients and I like about A.R.T. is how quickly they have received relief from phobias, insomnia, memories of childhood abuse, and medical trauma.
 
For clients who prefer something other than A.R.T., I offer EMDR, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, anger management therapy (I am a Certified Anger Management Specialist), and the Genesis Process for the Prevention of Relapse. I am a Christian and I offer a biblical approach for Clients desiring evidence based practices supported with Christian principles. I take a developmental approach towards treating clients as many factors contribute to who we are and how our lives evolved.
 
Helping people grow and find relief from emotional pain is one way I pay forward my gratitude for those who invested in me. Counseling is the means by which I can help responsibly. If you think I may be able to help, please contact me. If not me, call someone else. Please, never give up on yourself, there is hope.
 
 


Karen Allen Reaches

Brandon FL