Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor with a Master’s degree of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. Karen is from DFW, but has lived abroad and in various parts of the country, including Washington D.C.
Karen has gained her experience from a variety of environments—each of which have prepared her to be a compassionate and well-rounded therapist. While living in Washington D.C, Karen worked on Capitol Hill with a focus on legislative health care. Although she loved the mission to create fair and sound public policies, her main interest was in making smaller changes with people one on one. Real change happens on a large and small scale, and Karen is very driven to help her clients reach their goals. Karen has worked in several non-profit settings and believes every person deserves world class therapy, regardless of their background. She participates in the Give an Hour program, a non-profit serving veterans and their families and survivors of natural disasters.
Through her ten years plus career as a therapist, Karen has developed a skill and style that is conducive to working with clients and families struggling to “get back to normal” or learn new says of thinking to overcome challenges in their life, big and small. She specializes in treating PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, self-harming behaviors, addiction, mood disorders, family issues, parenting issues, couples issues and personality disorders. Karen applies numerous evidence-based therapies, including Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). These modalities can be adapted based on the client’s needs and age. Karen sees children, teens and adults for individual, couples or family counseling.
Karen believes counseling is a useful tool for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life, looking to get back to feeling good again or wanting a partner to help guide them through a difficult time. She believes reaching out for help is a sign of strength and that a person will reap rewards for that risk, whether it is with Karen or any other professional.
For fun, Karen likes to hike and bike with her family, especially in New England in the fall. She is a Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys fan.