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Karen earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sonoma State University with focuses on social justice, trauma resolution, and mindfulness in May, 2016. She completed her practicum hours at the Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic, a community mental health clinic in Santa Rosa, CA.

Under Thomas Pope, founder of the Lomi Clinic, she completed a year-long training in the evidenced-based practices of somatics and mindfulness. 

Karen has experience with adolescents in dual diagnosis residential treatment, as well as with people suffering from severe and persistent mental illness through Sonoma County Behavioral Health. Additionally, Karen has worked in medically assisted, 12 step-based residential care. Through these experiences, Karen has hundreds of hours of experience facilitating therapeutic groups. 

More recently, Karen has also been working with adolescents with emotional disturbances, intellectual disabilities, and autism through Santa Rosa City Schools and Integrity Therapeutics. 


Karen began her somatic private practice in October 2020, after spending 8 years in practice as a somatic hypnotherapist in Santa Rosa, CA, focusing on women with trauma and eating disturbances, as well as those seeking spiritual transformation. 

She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida graduating summa cum laude in 2010. She also spent a year as an intern in Spiritual Care at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital working with multi-faith professionals. Karen conducted research for the US military in a lab at UCF, and was selected as the lead research assistant for a NASA Psychologist studying gender differences. 

Karen holds an advanced certification through the Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Marin, CA and has trained with renowned teachers of various forms of mysticism, yoga, meditation, ceremony, and transpersonal philosophy which complement and inform her work as a therapist. Additionally, Karen completed a 3-month training on anti-racist theory and action. 


Recently, Karen has begun specialized training in EMDR for trauma recovery, as well as current advances in the treatment of chronic pain through mind-body approaches. 

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