Karen is deeply committed to exploring and understanding the deeper layers to people, and their relationships. This journey is very much a working together to develop greater insight, awareness and understanding about where behaviours, emotions and thinking patterns might be coming from. Karen is passionate about the relational process of psychotherapy and helping people to become more connected to their own inner truth as well as to others.
Karen has a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and experience in the areas of childhood abuse and trauma and the centrality of our early relationships and how these experiences influence later life. As such, Karen works with people throughout the life span, but predominantly the perinatal period, parent-child, and adolescent through to adult individuals and couples.
Karen also has a strong interest in Mentoring with individuals. This involves working with people to understand where they are at now, and where, and who, they want to become. It is more practically focused than psychotherapy and we look at work, career, relationships and life in general.
In addition, Karen offers Clinical Supervision to practitioners working in private practice as well as within organisations. She offers consultancy services to organisations.
Karen currently works part-time in her private practice and offers face-to-face and telehealth options.
Originally from Melbourne, Karen completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 1997. This began her career as a counsellor/psychotherapist working in various settings. These included the Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault, Royal Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive and Special Care Nurseries, Melbourne IVF, the Centre Against Sexual Assault and in private practice.
Within these settings Karen has worked extensively with people who have experienced: childhood and/or adult abuse and trauma, attachment issues, grief and loss (from trying to conceive, through the perinatal period into adult life), relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression.
Throughout her career, Karen has maintained a solid commitment to professional development. As such, she completed additional university qualifications and has attended many workshops, trainings, seminars and conferences. Alongside this, Karen has, and remains, committed to her own personal development and spiritual path.