Adults; Sexual Assault and Trauma; Eating Disorders, Vicarious Trauma/Compassion Fatigue
Karen earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tulane University in Louisiana and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Radford University in Virginia. She has more than 20 years experience working in both private and public mental health agencies. She dedicated 18 years of her career to supporting survivors of sexual trauma and came to Mass Bay from an outpatient agency focused on treating those struggling with eating disorders.
Karen works with adolescents and adults coping with depression, anxiety, trauma, women’s issues, sexual abuse and assault recovery, and relationship issues such as communication, assertiveness, and healthy boundaries. She also has a passion for supporting those in care-giving roles and professions at risk for compassion fatigue such as nurses, first responders, and those caring for ill or aging family members. Karen uses a supportive approach incorporating cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness, and DBT skills. Clients often describe Karen as calm, warm, and genuine.