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.
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
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Years of Experience: 21 years
Private Practice, Mental Health Therapist, 2020 - Present
Inspire Mental Health Center, Mental Health Therapist, 2022 - 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