Karen prides herself on working with adults... from those just entering adulthood, to those navigating later-in-life issues, and everything in between. She is passionate about working with relationship issues; identifying the struggle, strategies for change, and empowering ways to begin shifting a person's beliefs and behaviors so they start attracting what they really want. She specializes in honest communication, self-esteem, trust & intimacy issues, anger management, co-dependency, heartbreak & loss, defensiveness & vulnerability, and life transitions.
Karen uses a combination of approaches including cognitive behavioral, psycho dynamic, inner child, and humanistic modalities to help clients see how their pasts are impacting their difficulties today and ways they can reclaim power back over their lives.
Karen graduated with a Master's in Social Work from San Diego State University and also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, she also worked for three years as a youth development volunteer in the Peace Corps on a small island nation in the South Pacific. Here, she developed myriad skills related to cultural competence and navigating the various hardships associated with transition, adjustment, and vulnerability, as inherent to living and adapting to life in a foreign land. Since that time, she has provided therapy support in-home, supporting children and families with reunification, and also provides mental health support to teens in schools. Her passion in private practice remains one which focuses on supporting adults in navigating interpersonal relating and the various challenges inherent to adulthood.
In addition to providing Telehealth services online, Karen is also seeing clients in person at her office in central San Diego (Mission Valley).
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Family of origin - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
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:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
I am using a third party billing platform for those using United Health Care or Aetna insurances. This will require a credit card for copay payments which will charge through this platform. Credit card is not accepted for private pay clients; Venmo is instead the requested method of payment for private pay clients.
Years of Experience: 14 years
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
San Diego Unified School District, 2015 - 2021
Vista Hill Learning Assistance Center, 2013 - 2015
Fred Finch Wraparound, 2010 - 2013
Peace Corps, Vanuatu, South Pacific, Youth Development Volunteer, 2004 - 2007
San Diego State University, Master's of Social Work, 2010
University of Colorado at Boulder, B.S. in Journalism, 2003