Karen is a nationally Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. She earned a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and a BFA in Art Education with a concentration in Jewelry and Metal Design from East Carolina University.
Karen has a range of experience working as an art therapist in inpatient adult psychiatry, outpatient day programs for adults coping with mental illness and addiction, family art therapy in an urban therapeutic program, and with adolescents and adults with eating disorders. She believes art therapy is an essential therapeutic component for individuals coping with eating disorders. Creating art can enliven the creative spirit, promote change and growth, and encourage nonverbal expression of emotions. In individual, group, and multifamily art therapy sessions, Karen utilizes the process of art making, creative writing, dramatic play, and music to help individuals access their innate strengths and abilities to face life’s challenges. Her personal creative endeavors include writing, hand sewing, jewelry, creating mobiles, bookmaking, and painting.