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Karen Gardner, LCSW

Testimonials

"The effects of war and PTSD nearly destroyed our lives. We leaned on Karen and learned how to let the EMDR process work. We are so grateful for the miracles that came to us."

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"I was a mess and my marriage was in jeopardy. Then I began working with Karen and found tools, direction and hope. I have changed for the better and am happy again. The future is so bright."

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"Daily drowning best describes how living my life had become. I fought with myself to even consider therapy. However, each session ended up being a sweet experience – though I had my hands full as I worked through the things that had held me under water. "

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"My husband and I had stopped paying attention to our marriage and needed to fix our relationship. We were referred to Karen for couple’s therapy. My most profound awakening and growth occurred during my individual sessions, as I worked on issues that had shriveled my self-worth. Aiming at fixing me first set the stage for the return of compassion and passion in my marriage."

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"I spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in traditional therapy – ever talking but never healing. EMDR has changed me, from the inside – out. And the word I use to describe my change is: permanent. I have faced my “trauma issues” and am no longer troubled by them. I am astounded at how happy I feel and am delighted that my family appreciates the changes in me."

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Karen's Experience

Karen earned a Masters Degree with Honors from Arizona State University in Social Work. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology.

Karen has worked in academic settings, in treatment centers with Native Americans learning their traditional healing methods, with foster children and their families, and she now works in private practice.

Karen is passionate about her work in helping children, adolescents, and adults heal. Karen brings a wealth of life experience with her. She understands women’s issues and the struggles they face including complex issues of infertility, children’s resiliency after a divorce, raising blended families, and helping children heal from abuse.

Karen has experience working with high-risk adolescents who struggle with issues including: rage reactions, abrupt mood swings, an inability to regulate their emotions, excessive and uncontrollable worry, hyperactivity, an inability to bond with others, a reduced ability to deal with stress and those struggling with attractions to dangerous situations.

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with advanced training in EMDR as a certified EMDR consultant. She is a premier practitioner in DNMS Ego State therapy. Karen also uses Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focus Therapy, Play Therapy, and Art and Music Therapy.

Her adult clients have found relief from the following:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• PTSD symptoms
• Phobias/fears
• Panic Disorder
• Feelings of shame
• The underlying trauma beneath eating disorders
• Dissociation
• Marital distress
• The pain of infidelity
• The underlying triggers that drive chemical addictions
• Performance anxiety
• The triggers driving the urge to view pornography
• Feelings of low self esteem
• Self-defeating behaviors

Her youth clients have found relief from the following:

• Negative comments and acting out towards self
• Separation anxiety
• Disruptive behavior disorders
• Attachment issues
• Trauma and abuse victimization
• Defiance
• Children also work on social skills building

Karen's Specialties


EMDR

EMDR

EMDR is a therapy that enables people to heal from the trauma, negative feelings and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.

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EFT

EFT

EFT is a therapy for couples that teaches communication, responsiveness and fosters the creation of a secure bond between partners.

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DNMS

DNMS

DNMS is an ego state therapy that treats present-day problems like rejection and neglect in adults that originated with unmet childhood needs.

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CBT

CBT

CBT is a form of therapeutic treatment that works on problems and issues by examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

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Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a fun activity that elevates children's spirits and brightens their outlook on life while helping them express their thoughts and feelings.

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Chilren Therapy

Chilldren

There are times when a child can benefit from therapy – just like a grownup. Therapy can help children solve problems and cope with traumatic events.

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CBT

Adolescents

Focusing on patterns of thinking that are maladaptive and the beliefs that underlie such thinking.

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ALT NAME

Adults

Individual therapy uses a number of practical and proven methods for healing.

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Couples Therapy

Couples

Therapy for couples works first on individual issues and then on advocating the relationship.

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