About Me

Karen has professional experience working in the areas of trauma (developmental & relational and single incident), bereavement (sudden death, suicide), domestic violence, 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 & counsellor. Karen is due to complete the final unit in a Master of Counselling in 2019. Karen is a registered counsellor with PACFA (Psychotherapist and Counselling Federation of Australia) and is a Registered NDIS Provider.

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

Karen has a passion for 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 how we live with and integrate it’s effects. She has participated in movement workshops and explored trauma theory and its links with body awareness, and movement, combined with verbal psychotherapy.

Karen receives regular professional supervision.

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. Now, Karen finds inspiration in the simple things, including nature, people and a variety of creative arts.

Karen began her journey of self discovery from a base of Christian theory and practice in her school days. Later, from age 19, meditation and chanting in the Vedic tradition became a regular part of her life. Karen has explored Buddhism also, attending classes in Tibetan Buddhism for a couple of years. Karen attends a Contemplative Christian church when she can, and is equally restored outside in the wonder of nature, 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 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.

To match her working life with her personal interests, Karen studied Social Research at the ANU in 2013, then chose to step closer to clinical work with Post Graduate qualifications in Counselling at the University of Canberra, which were completed in 2016.

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). Her work at the AMC was as a Mental Health Professional conducting intake and risk assessments, and providing ongoing therapeutic intervention for detainees referred for psychological support both 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, formulating support plans for and working with vulnerable clients. 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)