Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
California State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Areas of Expertise
Karen works primarily with individual adults and couples. She is comfortable working with a wide range of issues, including relationship struggles, anxiety/stress issues, depression, work conflicts, trauma experiences (recent or childhood), grief and loss (including infertility and pregnancy loss), and spiritual/faith concerns.
Personal Information and Therapy Style
Karen began clinical practice in 1991, and has been employed with Lutheran Counseling Network since 1997. She received her Ph.D. in Marital and Family Therapy from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in southern California, and also holds an MA in Christian Leadership from that school. She is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Karen tailors her approach to therapy according to the needs of each client, and may utilize methods from family systems theory, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, in addition to family-of-origin-based work. She views the client's needs and agenda as the primary informers of the direction for each session, but she also will provide regular feedback, insights, and suggestions as part of the process. Karen views the therapeutic process as a journey, and considers it a privilege to participate with her clients as a partner on that journey.
Karen is paneled with Regence Blue Shield, Premera Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, and Kaiser PPO (First Choice). She is working exclusively via telehealth sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and following this time she plans a hybrid approach, with both in-office and telehealth appointments available.
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