“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” Brene’ Brown
My name is Karen and I obtained my Master’s degree of Social Work in 2015 from Western Carolina University, with a concentration in substance abuse studies that required a year internship at an adult intensive substance abuse outpatient program. I obtained my B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Western Carolina University in 2005. I fell in love with the Appalachian mountains, living and working in a variety of mental health settings until my recent move to the Raleigh area.
With over 13 years of experience in the mental health field, ranging from residential/enhanced services for children/adolescents to intensive substance abuse counseling and basic outpatient services with adults, I have found it incredibly rewarding to support anyone- be it individuals, families, or couples- in their journey towards recovery and wellness and I enjoy working with all ages (3 to 300)!
With my therapeutic strengths of engagement, individualized evidenced-based interventions, and a little humor, I find joy assisting those seeking healing from a variety of mental health and substance use disorders including anxiety, depression, oppositional defiance, parenting support, addictions, anger management, trauma, and transitional life stressors. I have found the theoretical models of mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to be paramount in promoting wellness. I have also been trained to administer EMDR, a treatment that is empirically supported in treating trauma. I believe strongly in the strengths perspective and empowering individuals to acknowledge and expand on their own unique capabilities, utilizing a variety of interventions (music, art, physical exercise, being outdoors) to promote openness of expression.
When I am not working, you may find me exploring the many Greenways and parks with my husband, our two young daughters, and our lab/hound puppy Reggie. I enjoy dancing and appreciate local musicians but love getting lost in a good book. I am looking forward to exploring all the Triangle has to offer!
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