Karen’s approach is client-centred whereby she actively collaborates with clients (including individuals, couples and families) to manage their issues and conflicts, while working together on their strengths and growth areas. These efforts aim to enable her clients to progress, promote welfare for all parties involved and achieve goals that are life-enhancing.
To help clients holistically, Karen adopts an integrative systemic mindset. She incorporates different therapeutic strategies and techniques (outlined below) in a coherent way, addressing the biopsychosocial context of her clients.
Karen is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy and Family/Marital as well as Systemic Therapy (both Level 1 & 2 Workshops). She is also certified to conduct Prepare & Enrich (P&E) inventories which is designed to assist dating couples on marriage preparation, as well as, help married couples focus objectively on critical relationship issues.
Believing in trauma-informed care, Karen is trained in resource tapping, performance enhancement, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Part 1 & 2) by Parnell Institute. Deepening her skills in brain-based therapy, she recently completed Phase 1 Brainspotting training (Founder: Dr David Grand) and is using the technique to help clients with their psychological health or trauma. In addition, she has completed basic training in Gestalt Play Therapy, & Lego Therapy with West Coast Institute. Her training has further equipped her to help adolescents and adults to manage life-stressors and work towards mental wellness.
Karen holds two Master’s degrees, in Counselling from Monash University, and Business Administration from Curtin University. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Murdoch University, Australia. To deepen her knowledge in special needs, she has also completed a Diploma in Learning Disorders Management and Child Psychology from the College of Allied Educators.
Karen assists clients with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship or marital issues (including for couples), loneliness, work-related stress, unemployment & financial stress, self-esteem, PTSD and pregnancy-related and parental stress.