About Karen

Photo of Karen ErlichmanKaren has a private practice in San Francisco, where she provides psychotherapy, soul coaching, supervision and mentoring.  Karen is currently on the faculty of the Morei Derekh Jewish spiritual direction training program, and is a Professor of Jewish Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Foundation. She has also served on the faculty at a number of Bay area educational institutions, including Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), Starr King School for the Ministry, the University of California-San Francisco in the Department of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences and San Francisco State University’s Department of Social Work.

It takes courage for someone to allow their vulnerability to be witnessed.  That is where we find our strength, and in those moments there is a felt sense of hope, grace and transformation.  

Karen received her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2015 from the Graduate Theological Foundation, and her doctoral project received the Mother Teresa Award for Spirituality and Community Service. She has served as a consultant for the National Welcoming Synagogues Project, and was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area. Karen trained as a Courage and Renewal® facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal, inspired by the leadership of Quaker educator Parker Palmer.  Her writing has appeared in Women and Therapy, Zeek and Tikkun, and she writes regularly for Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International.

 photo by Sarah Deragon