Master of Arts in Counseling, MSU
Licensed Professional Counselor, Michigan
Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor, National
Certified Play Project Consultant – International
Karen is a licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor (counseling with young children through their language of play), and Certified Play Project Consultant (strengthening relationship bonds in ASD children and their families), working and supervising in the field of psychotherapy for over 25 years.
Her expertise is rooted in the awareness that un-regarded wounds on our inside can energize relationship patterns that leave us further wounded and isolated at the core of our being. In her deeply relational and expressive lens of counseling, Karen is committed to the restoration of hearts and relationship capacities for each person. Her ongoing training includes attachment (the pattern of connecting to significant others in our lives), trauma (war, sexual, relational, event), and interpersonal neurobiology (the connection of relationship and our brain).
Since play is the language of children, that is the relationship style within which she works with young children, including children with autism-type behaviors, as well as young children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and their families.
Karen and her husband’s family of “three kids” has grown to six plus three grandchildren – so much fun! Her parenting years include being a military mom, and in her spare time, she loves to try new things, as well as enjoy outdoor activities (yes: snow is GREAT), the arts, cooking, music, sports…