About Karen

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For over twenty years I have been offering psychotherapy, So(U)L coaching and spiritual direction, supervision and mentoring to individuals, couples, groups and organizations.

Most recently I have created a more contemporary hybrid approach to working with individuals, couples, groups and organizations that integrates principles and practices from psychotherapy, social work, coaching and spiritual guidance.  I have been enormously impacted by the work and mentorship of Quaker educator Parker J. Palmer, and the Center for Courage and Renewal, as well as the Strozzi Institute and embodied leadership coaching.

In addition to my private practice, I currently serve as in-house mentor and consultant to The Dinner Party, a global community of adults in their 20s and 30s who have experienced the death of a parent, partner, child, sibling, or close friend.  I have been enormously impacted by the work and mentorship of Quaker educator Parker J. Palmer, and the Center for Courage and Renewal, as well as the Strozzi Institute and embodied leadership coaching.

I’ve also served on the faculty at a variety of educational institutions, including:

In order for people to courageously bring all of who they are to our work together, all aspects of their identity and lived experience must be truly welcomed into the conversation.  This also requires a fierce ethical commitment to my own work as a practitioner and human being.

 

Writing has been a lifelong passion of mine. My writing has appeared in a number of anthologies and professional journals, including Women and TherapyCCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. For the past 15 years I have written regularly for Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Work from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, and my Master of Social Services degree from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social research. Bringing the spiritual dimension to my work eventually led me to study and receive a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2015 from the Graduate Theological Foundation, where my doctoral project received the Mother Teresa Award for Spirituality and Community Service.

 photo by Sarah Deragon