Karen Corona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice based in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in providing trauma therapy to women in order to heal and restore emotional well-being. She is specifically dedicated to helping women release ‘emotional burdens’ related to the effects of childhood trauma in the form of emotional abuse or neglect and family of origin dysfunction.
The clients she works with often have developed strategies to distance from emotional pain through self-medicating with alcohol or food. Some of the common issues include: anxiety, perfectionism, control, people-pleasing, an active inner critic, problems regulating emotions, ‘mood swings’, shame, feeling ‘emotionally flooded’ when triggered, and shut down states associated with depression.
Karen integrates Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) as her central approach to treat trauma. With expressive arts therapy, she uses writing/journaling, visual arts, and music for therapeutic purposes. Internal Family Systems is an evidence-based treatment for trauma resolution. In the healing process, emotional burdens may be released along with faulty beliefs about oneself that perpetuate inner turmoil and pain. There is a newfound inner freedom.
Her therapeutic style is one of warmth, compassion, creativity, and deep respect for the individual on a healing journey. She incorporates both insight-based interventions as well as offering practical tools in her work with clients. She values the therapeutic relationship as being an important catalyst for healing and change. Creating a safe space for one to explore and communicate thoughts and feelings is of utmost importance to her.
She offers both in-person sessions at her Portland office location and online sessions to individuals residing in both Oregon (OR) and California (CA) where she is currently licensed as a therapist.
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Karen Corona is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 23 years
Green Leaf: Counseling & Expressive Arts Therapy, LLC, Private Practice - Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Providence St. Vincent - Psych/Chemical Dependency, Therapist/Clinician , 2017 - 2018
Kaiser Permanente - Mental Health, Mental Health Therapist , 2011 - 2017
Private Practice - Lafayette, CA , Psychotherapist , 2013 - 2016
NorthBay Hospital , Medical Social Work , 2008 - 2013
Private Practice - Vacaville, CA , Psychotherapist , 2009 - 2011
John Muir Behavioral Health - Inpatient Psych , Social Work Clinician , 2004 - 2007
JFK University - Pleasant Hill, CA , Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate, 2008
San Diego State - San Diego, CA, MSW - Masters of Social Work , 2003
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, MA - Counseling Psychology , 1999
Westmont College - Santa Barbara, CA , BA - Psychology , 1989
This is a creative arts wellness group for women. There is a theme and then an arts-based invitation to engage in during the group. I am trained in Expressive Arts Therapy and as a SoulCollage® Facilitator and I integrate both into the group work.