With strong interpersonal skills and an uncanny ability to connect with young people, Karen helps teens at Adolescent Growth gain a new found sense of confidence and self worth. Karen is adept at helping teens build the skills they need to maintain the changes they’ve made in therapy. Her personalized treatment plans always reflect the complex nature of the adolescent experience as well as the individual needs of each teen. As they change throughout their treatment, Karen adapts each teen’s treatment plan in accordance with the strides they have made and the strengths that they have identified together.
Karen has an extensive background working with young people. Prior to her work at Adolescent Growth she counseled adults, couples and children and facilitated group therapy with youth under eighteen. Many of the psychotherapeutic techniques she used in her earlier work are also applied at Adolescent Growth, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialecitical Behavior Therapy, the Twelve-Step Model and more. Karen is known for the energy and enthusiasm she brings to our facility as well as the warmth and compassion that permeates all of her interactions with our teens. Karen says she chose to specialize in working with adolescents because of their incredible adaptability; provided the right care, teens are capable of remarkable transformations in very short periods of time.
Karen was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She entered UCLA with a thirst for psychology and an excitement for learning about individual and social behaviors as well as the science involved. In an effort to expand her knowledge base and to satisfy her intellectual curiosity, Karen conducted research alongside UCLA professors in a language and cognitive development lab. Karen continued her education by obtaining her Master’s Degree in Science with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Northridge. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and completed a graduate thesis on the impact of terrorism on children.
When she is not working, Karen enjoys going to the beach, hiking, exercising and spending time with family and friends.