BA, Empire State College, MA, Somatic Psychology, Naropa University, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist.
Karen’s love of movement began in early childhood with the study of ballet and modern dance that continued through early adulthood. Her interest in movement, the body and mental and physical health led her to a study of manual body therapies, and she maintained a hands-on bodywork practice for several years before pursuing a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology at Naropa University. These studies enriched Karen’s understanding of body/mind synergy and the value of including the body in psychological intervention, and she furthered her knowledge of body-oriented therapy and psychomotor development through the study of Bodynamic Developmental Psychotherapy in Denmark, which she currently co-teaches in a professional level training. One of Karen’s passions is the treatment of traumatic stress through body-oriented modalities. She has co-founded and co-coordinated two post-disaster volunteer projects: one in New York City after the World Trade Tower attacks and one in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She is currently in private practice in New York City in addition to consulting and training in professional settings.