Looking for help is a sign of strength. Did you realize that depression, anxiety and panic are NOT signs of weakness? They are physical signs of having tried to stay strong for too long!
Do you find yourself repeating mistakes and ending up with the same outcome? Are you blaming everyone else when things don’t turn out the way you would have liked? Are you numbing yourself with substances or distracting yourself and others with self-harm? You can learn to make better choices. Counseling is a one step at a time process and taking the first step takes courage.
Karen credits a lifetime of good and not so good choices for her ability to relate with clients. She has personal experience with childhood abuse, miscarriages, death of a child, addiction, and recovery. She would be honored to extend acceptance, lack of judgment, and the feeling of safety a wonderful therapist extended to her. Karen maintains an intimate practice in Lake Mary, where she is a Registered Mental Health Counselor.
A blend of life experience, counseling technique, “realness,” the ability to meet you where you are and a sense of humor make Karen unique. Primarily a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, she has a passion for helping clients with addictions, depression, anxiety, mental illnesses, teen trauma, young adult stressors, and parent-child conflicts, past trauma, grief, relationship difficulty, and changes that “just happen” in life.
Karen has experience as a first responder for the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, has lead groups in her church for those with addictions and other issues, and has worked with the Dept. of Children and Families. She and her therapy dog volunteer time visiting Assisted Living homes, Hospice and with children who have serious illnesses. Karen and her husband, Dr. John Robertson, established and facilitated the first Compassionate Friends Group in Central Florida. (1985). Compassionate Friends is a healing group for grieving parents who have experienced the death of a child.
Primarily a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT), Karen also utilizes other techniques, such as Person Centered Therapy and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), etc. These methods are problem focused with excellent supporting scientific data. A born and raised Floridian, Karen and her husband were blessed with 4 amazing children. She loves time with her family and being involved in activities that include her goofy Great Dane, “Finnegan.”
Associate in Arts (AA) degree from University of South Florida, Associate of Science (AS) degree from Santa Fe College, an (RT) in Radiologic Technology, a Bachelors degree (BA) in Sociology from University of Florida, a Master’s Degree (MA) in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a year of Biblical Studies at Miami Christian University
American Counseling Association (ACA), American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), National Anger Management Association (NAMA), Florida Counseling Association (FCA), Florida Association for Adolescent and Child Counseling (FACAC), Florida Association for Marriage and Family Counseling (FAMFC), Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), American Association of Christian Counselors Addiction & Recovery Division, American Association for Christian Counselors (AACA),, American Psychological Association (APA)
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Here’s what clients are saying.
“For some reason I am able to tell you things I never told any other counselor. I know you understand and do not judge me. I feel safe and unashamed with you.”
“I was very thankful that you helped me again, as always. God bless you. You are a blessing!”
“One day Karen had tears in her eyes for me! I believe she really cares. She genuinely wanted to see me “quit” and not have this horrible habit eating up my life. She is sincere and caring. She loves God so much and wants to please Him. I have made more progress in counseling with Karen than anyone else, more self esteem and have tools to say no to my habit.”
“I have been going to counseling for almost my whole life, but I made the best progress with you. You “get” me. Thank you so much! I will come see you when I come back home from college.”
“I wish I could afford to spend a week in your office. Thank you for convincing me that I really do have a choice!”
Testimonials are used by permission.