Karmen Tuivai, Therapist in Provo, Utah — Zencare
Karmen  Tuivai
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Karmen Tuivai

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Utah Accepting Online
Jamestown Square, Chateau Building Not Accepting In-person
Updated September 17, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Perfectionism
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Social anxiety

Professional statement

Karmen Tuivai is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in Provo, Utah. Many of Karmen’s clients come to see her when experiencing anxiety and/or hopelessness. Karmen is passionate about serving people who have experienced trauma, whether it is a severe traumatic experience, or something that your brain is not able to let go of. She has worked with perfectionism and people who struggle with self-love and acceptance. Karmen has advanced training in the area of OCD. She has extensive experience with grief, loss and people who struggle to find resiliency with their struggles.

Karmen is trained in EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. EMDR is a way to work through old memories of trauma that your brain seems stuck on. It allows you to process emotions and find relief from suffering. Acceptance Commitment Therapy is proven to help with OCD and intrusive thoughts that cause anxiety. In session, Karmen focuses what you are experiencing and methods for you to reduce the stress and discomfort you may be feeling. This approach allows clients to find hope and courage to go through the things that are most difficult for them.

Karmen's style is warm, non-judgemental and validating. When clients first start therapy, will establish a strong relationship and comfortable environment where they feel safe and heard.

Karmen received their MSW from Brigham Young University-Provo. She has recently worked at the Utah State Hospital with clients who were experiencing trauma and PTSD. Outside of private practice, she loves hiking and being in nature. She is learning to oil paint. She loves to travel and find new places to adventure. She loves to spend time with her husband and two labs, Gracie and Butter. Karmen is accepting clients online only.


Message to clients

Looking for ways to find Hope? Sometimes life brings us unexpected challenges. I have the ability to listen in a genuine way, hold what is difficult for you to manage such as intrusive thoughts or memories of trauma, and work through it with you in a way that helps you have peace.

I have been trained in EMDR. Things can happen that are out of your control, and may change how you view yourself, others, and the world around you. These may be events such as, but not limited to: childhood abuse and/or neglect, a motor vehicle collision, complicated grief, suicide of a loved one, chronic pain and illness, or a natural disaster. You may feel alone, stuck, empty, confused, or angry, and I am here to support you on the next step in your journey.

By creating a safe space for you to explore and process your experiences and build on your own strengths, we can develop new insights and skills together. I have extensive training in trauma-informed modalities such as: EMDR, ACT, DBT, Somatic Experiencing Exposure Therapy and Grief work. Because life gets busy, finding time for counselling can be difficult. That’s why I offer telehealth counselling, enabling you to access sessions from the privacy of your home or work space, through a phone call or secure video sessions. Having a therapist you can truly trust and connect with can assist you in making changes to find the life you truly want to live.


Specialties

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

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

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

Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • DMBA
  • EMI Health
  • Optum
  • PEHP Health & Benefits
  • SelectHealth

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (60min)

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:

  • Super billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
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
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Utah)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Tue 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Wed 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Thu 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Fri 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Sat 7 am to 11 am and 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Sun 7 am to 9 pm

Jamestown Square, Chateau Building practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 years

Utah State Hospital, Therapist- DBT Intensively trained, 2020 - 2022
Magnolia Tree Counseling, Private Practice, 2021 - 2022
MIndset Family Therapy- Provo, OCD Specialist, 2019 - 2021
LDS Family Services- Springville UT, Therapist, 2019 - 2020
LDS Family Services_ Vancouver Canada, Therapist, 2010 - 2019

BYU Provo, MSW, 2008


Licensure

Utah: 7022667-3501


Languages

Swedish