THERAPY WITH KAREN
I believe we all have an inner awareness of our truth, but difficult experiences that most of us have at one time or another, make that truth difficult to access at times. Questioning who we are, why we're having intense feelings, or why we're caught up in an unhealthy pattern can be very scary, but it's also an opportunity for growth. Given a supportive environment, most people can access a deep awareness of self, and begin to create a level of being that allows for profound change or meaning. You CAN feel better. This is where therapy comes in.
Much of my work focuses first on fostering a relationship with the client that facilitates an awareness of what work needs to be done, both on and below the surface. What's bringing you into therapy? Are you experiencing intense anger that's got you wondering about yourself? Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Are you wanting to work on your relationship, or realizing that your relationship is over? Are you finding that you're caught up in an addiction? Do you want to work towards reducing symptoms brought on by past trauma? Have you been experiencing panic attacks, and seeking help to reduce the frequency and intensity of panic? Maybe you just want to do some self exploration. I can help. My approach is holistic, integrating and explores the experience of both mind and body.
Although trained in the traditional model of counseling, I continue to be inspired to explore non-traditional modes of psychological growth and well being. Over the years, I’ve realized the importance of working somatically with clients. Something as simple as asking a client to notice what’s going on in their body as they speak can create a richer experience and allow for deeper change. I have completed the advanced level training in Somatic Experiencing, and received my Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) certificate. Somatic Experiencing is a body oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders, developed by Dr. Peter Levine.
I have certification and extensive experience facilitating Integrative Breathwork workshops throughout the U.S. and at addiction treatment centers. I received breathwork training with author, and founder of Integrative Breathwork, Jacquelyn Small. I was on senior staff with Jacquelyn for many years, assisting her in breathwork workshops throughout the U.S. Currently, I conduct day-long breathwork workshops a couple of times per year in Austin.
I opened my private practice in Austin in 2000. I specialize in individual and couples counseling, with adults and adolescents, and am most comfortable working with trauma, addiction, anxiety, and personal growth. In addition, I have over 20 years experience working with the HIV community and facilitate the longest running HIV support group in Austin with Kind Clinic. I am proud to be a SIMS provider, offering reduced rate counseling to Austin musicians. I offer 50 minute, 1 1/2 hour and 2 hour therapy sessions for $130, $195, and $260 per session, respectively. I accept payment via cash, check, venmo, and all major credit cards. I do not accept insurance, but am happy to provide you an invoice to submit to your insurance.
I am a board approved supervisor for LPC interns, providing supervision for interns who work in my private practice and at other locations. Currently, I supervise Carrie Brunken and Laura Torres. Carrie facilitates DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) groups at Austin Lakes Hospital, and has extensive experience working in addiction. Laura is EMDR certified, and works at the YWCA, specializing in trauma and addiction.