Karen  Hutchins
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Karen Hutchins


Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Colorado Not Accepting Online
Minnesota Accepting Online
Updated December 16, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Sensitivity
  • Depression
  • Mind-body connection
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Karen Hutchins is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor located in Saint Cloud, MN. Karen helps clients to connect with their inner selves on a deeper level, a level where they can recognize their strengths and feel whole again. Many of Karen’s clients feel anxiety or depression as a result of grief, trauma, or other difficult experiences. While her clients get through their daily routines without issue, they often go to sleep feeling unfulfilled or disengaged. Karen helps these clients find joy and meaning.

Karen’s approach to therapy draws heavily from evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy modalities. She recognizes the importance of building a safe atmosphere in each therapy session where clients feel secure and comfortable talking about their feelings. For clients who feel stuck in painful memories, she offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to help them move past those blocks. She also practices Mindfulness-based therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to teach clients skills in emotional regulation and healthy thought patterns.

Karen previously worked in computer science, however has always had a passion for psychology. She taught psychology for many years before becoming a clinician herself. Her goal is to help clients see that they are strong and resilient and to give them a space to compassionately explore their inner worlds.

Message to clients

We all need a helping hand at times, and I have had a passion for helping people for as long as I can remember. You want to feel happier, less anxious, and do more than just “get through each day”. You deserve a safe space to discover who you truly are and uncover what is keeping you from experiencing more joy, contentment and ease in your life. When we sit down together and discuss all that you’ve been through, we will also discover your many inner strengths, and together we can build on the resiliency within you. I want you to see all that you are capable of - all the things that you can do to help yourself be happier.

Mindfulness and EMDR can assist you with connecting with yourself in a deeper way, increasing your self-awareness. EMDR can help with changing negative beliefs about yourself, and processing stressful events, leading to more confidence, and knowing at your core that you are enough.

I strive to provide a safe space to work on the changes you want to make. Healing from past stressful experiences, and learning ways to cope with life's challenges, enables you to feel more whole, stable, and connected with yourself and others. I hope to see you soon. Visit my website Karen-Hutchins for additional information.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Sensitivity - Developing an understanding of one’s sensitivity, including exploring what triggers emotional reactions and the origins of the sensitivity; practicing self-compassion by acknowledging that everyone has emotions and it’s natural to react to what’s around you

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Cigna
  • HealthPartners
  • Medicaid
  • MinnesotaCare
  • Optum
  • UCare
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $180 (50min)
  • Initial session: $275 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note


Online Sessions (Minnesota)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am - 5pm
  • Tue 9am - 4pm
  • Wed 9am - 5pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Colorado)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am - 4pm
  • Tue 8am - 3pm
  • Wed 8am - 4pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 22 years

Private Practice , Psychotherapist , 2020 - Present
Northern Pines Mental Health Center, Mental Health Therapist, 2016 - 2020
Goodwill-Easter Seals Working Well Mental Health Clinic, Mental Health Therapist/Practitioner, 2014 - 2016

St. Cloud State University, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, 2001


Minnesota: 1500

Colorado: LPC.0017576