After completing her Masters degree and specialist clinical training at the University of Otago Dunedin New Zealand Karen began what continues to be a fulfilling career working with children, adolescents, families and individuals.
Karen initially worked in an acute adult mental health unit in Wanganui NZ Karen relocated to Sydney. The Western Area Adolescent Team was where she spent two years before taking up a position at Redbank House at Westmead Hospital which was considered a centre of excellence in child and adolescent inpatient care. She worked there for 8 years. This led to an ongoing passion to better understand the complexities of family functioning.
Karen was also involved at the Pain Clinic and Dental Clinic Westmead Hospital.
Another relocation saw her return to New Zealand where she was based at Whakatata House (the Child and Youth Specialty Service in Christchurch) for 3 years. Working collaboratively and with cultural sensitivity was the foundation of therapy.
Once again back in Australia, Karen has worked as a private practitioner for 20 years as well as continuing her work in NSW Health.
Karen works with people across the life span. Areas of interest include pre- and post-natal issues, child behaviour problems (ADHD, ODD, OCD, emotion regulation, sleep, elimination and habit disorders, peer conflict, sibling conflict, parent-child conflict, school refusal, self-harming), parenting issues, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, trauma, eating disorders, transsexual issues, sexual assault, family separation, anxiety, depression and stage of life transitions.
Karen has a strong interest in Indigenous and cultural concerns.
Karen is a Board approved supervisor and is available for supervision.
Karen considers ongoing learning and professional development crucial in providing a quality service. She incorporates elements of systemic, cognitive behavioural and person-centered therapies in her work with clients. Living and working in the Blue Mountains provides a connection to the local community and landscape.