Karen’s approach is to work with her clients to build coping skills and find therapeutic solutions for complex problems. Her uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her practice, as well as other modalities as appropriate for each client.
With the diverse populations she has worked with, Karen has been able to provide individuals and families counseling for a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, postpartum mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Karen also has experience leading psychoeducational groups, parenting classes, and life skills development classes. Her professional areas of interest include working with women and children, people with chronic health issues, and helping families adjust to change.
Karen earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has worked with the criminal justice system, substance abuse programs, families experiencing homelessness, and as part of a multidisciplinary hospital team serving patients and families undergoing organ transplants.
Karen relocated to Okinawa in the summer of 2019 with her family. In her free time, Karen enjoys trying new restaurants, watching the New Orleans Saints, and exploring the beautiful island with her family.
Key Concepts: coping skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), individuals, families, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-partum mood disorder, substance use disorder, psychoeducational groups, parenting classes, life skills development classes, women and children, chronic health issues, families adjusting to change, criminal justice system, substance abuse programs, homelessness, multidisciplinary hospital team
o Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.
o Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): a type of therapy focused on actively rejecting the denial of internal thoughts and feelings, and recognizing them as reactions to situations one has experienced. This allows the individual to process such thoughts and feelings, and work to move past these obstacles blocking them from healing.