About Me

Karen has professional experience working in the areas of trauma (developmental & relational and single incident), bereavement, parenting and behaviour management, depression and anxiety (for full details see Professional Work History below).

With the combination of a sharp analytical mind and a sensitive and creative personality, Karen is a compassionate and effective psychotherapist.

After mature age entry post-graduate study in Social Research in 2013, Karen chose to pursue a clinical qualification in Counselling.

Karen developed an interest in relational psychotherapy and has read widely in associated areas – including Somatic Movement and Body Focused Therapies, Self Psychology, Emotion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Jungian thought. Karen has an interest in Trauma and it’s many manifestations, and its resolution and integration within a person. She has participated in movement workshops and explored trauma theory and its links with body awareness, and movement, combined with verbal psychotherapy.

Karen continues to read and learn about psychodynamic psychotherapy and it’s many aspects including the relational and somatic. Karen receives regular professional supervision from a supervisor with over 20 years private practice experience  as a body and movement focused psychotherapist with Self Psychology training.

Karen’s journey of Self Knowledge

… began with her interest in getting to know her self and what life is all about consciously from about age 16. She spent time trying with her keenest ear to be open and still enough to hear what God had to say to her. Karen asked questions of nature and tried to understand what it was all about, and what it was all for, whilst questioning any attempts at indoctrination from schooling and church and any other source!

Karen began her journey of self discovery from a base of Christian theory and practice in her schooling and family life, seeking and spending time both outdoors, alone and in groups. Later, from age 19, meditation and chanting in the Vedic tradition became a regular part of her life. Karen has attended intensive meditation weekends, participated in chanting recitations and Siddha yoga workshops throughout her early 20’s. Karen has explored Buddhism also, attending classes in Tibetan Buddhism. Karen attends a Contemplative Christian church when she can, and is always on the lookout for Wonder in the everyday.

Professional Work History

Karen began her working life as an IT auditor and financial accountant, and then as a business and finance manager in the early 90’s.

Karen trained and then volunteered as a foster carer with Barnardos Australia from 2006 – 2016, participating in many training opportunities regarding understanding and responding to problematic behaviours, trauma informed parenting and trauma informed out of home care.  Karen has worked as a swimming teacher and as a learning support teacher, supporting children with special needs in the mainstream classroom.

In 2013 Karen studied study Social Research at the ANU, then began Post Graduate qualifications in Counselling at the University of Canberra in 2014.

In 2015, Karen moved from working with parents and families, to working with individual clients who have experienced trauma at the ACT Trauma and Support Service. Her role also included working with Standby Support Service (a suicide bereavement service) and within the ACTAS (ACT Ambulance Service) Wellbeing program. Karen worked with ambulance officers, National Parks rangers and the general public who had experienced trauma.  This included sudden deaths, work related incidents, motor vehicle accidents and  other traumatic incidents, past and recent, as well as general counselling (relationships, drug and alcohol, career).

In late 2016 Karen participated in her University placement at the ACT adult correctional facility (the Alexander Maconochie Centre). At the AMC she was a Mental Health Professional conducting intake and risk assessments, as well as providing ongoing therapeutic intervention for detainees referred for psychological support in groups and individually. Following on from that placement, Karen was offered paid contracts at the prison, working for 6 months primarily as an individual therapist (forensic psychotherapist).

Since 2016 Karen has worked as a Crisis Intervention worker and Court Advocate in the Domestic and Family Violence Sector. 2018 saw her take up a newly created role as a Case Practitioner. Karen began to see clients privately in 2017.

Karen expects to complete her Masters in Counselling by 2019. She participates in ongoing personal study, as well as receiving mentorship and regular supervision.

Qualifications

B.Commerce (from the ANU), Grad Cert. (Business Admin. from UC), Grad Cert (Soc. Research from the ANU), Grad Dip. (Counselling from UC).
PACFA Prov. Registrant 24364.
Registered NDIS Provider (No.4050030198).
Candidate for Master of Counselling, University of Canberra (UC).
Awarded the Deans Excellence Award 2017.

Professional Memberships

  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
  • International Association for Psychodynamic Self-Psychology (IAPSP)