This episode is part of the Get Past Your Sh*t Book Project series featuring my brave and amazing co-authors.
Karen is a service driven social worker specializing in trauma recovery, holistic care, and transformation. A licensed clinical social worker in the State of Virginia with 22 years of experience, Karen works full time as a supervisory social worker with the Department of Defense. Her expertise includes working with patients post suicide attempts, trauma survivors (combat and/or interpersonal trauma), and in cognitive behavioral as well as solution focused therapy. Karen started a “Heal Thrive Dream, LLC” with her daughters, to create more impact for trauma survivors globally. Her daughters help design journals, edit blog posts, assist with photography, and social media. Karen provides coaching and counseling services to primarily trauma survivors. Other services include courses, masterminds, and virtual memberships.
Karen earned both her Bachelor’s (1996) and Master’s (1998) Degrees in Clinical Social Work at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. She served in community mental health in Washington, DC; as a school social worker; adoption services (primarily home studies); personal therapist, and a federal government social worker (16 years).
Karen’s home of origin is Northern Maine, but she also grew up in Rowena, New Brunswick, Canada. Karen is a trauma survivor and thus has both the personal and professional experience needed to build authentic, genuine, connections with clients during the hardest times in their lives. Karen loves reading, personal development, spending time with her spouse Tony, and her three precious children (Lena, Grace, & Gideon).