“I would highly recommend Karen to anyone who is interested in counseling. I can’t possibly say enough positive things about the help I have received from Karen and Hope For The Heart. She has provided meaningful, significant help during the most difficult year of my life. She has helped me with practical solutions and helps me see and think truth. The only thing holding us back is my work schedule. If my work schedule would allow, I would see her weekly and make even faster progress.” — client
“I’ve finally found someone who understands and who I can trust to get me where I know I need to be!” — client
Karen was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She studied at Baylor University and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. She also earned a Masters of Education degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Supervisor’s License. She spent the first 15 years of her counseling career working with teenagers and their families. Karen has a Child-Care Administrator’s License, is certified in premarital counseling and is certified in trauma recovery by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
After finding healing and freedom from her own 10-year battle with alcohol addiction, Karen is passionate about helping others transform their lives. Knowing firsthand how everyone needs help on their journey, Karen longs to help others see that God created each of them for a thriving, loving and intimate relationship with Him. She incorporates truths from the Bible into a cognitive behavioral framework to provide practical answers and insights to her clients.
Karen provides training for churches, prison inmates and staff, counseling teams and lay care groups. She has led a weekly Bible study in her church for many years. Karen loves time with her family and friends, long road trips, and reading.
Areas of Expertise
- Relational issues
- Abuse/trauma (including childhood sexual abuse)
- Addiction recovery
- Family/family-of-origin issues
- Marriage/relationship issues
- Premarital counseling
- Identity issues
- Abortion recovery
- Guilt, shame, self-loathing