As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences and a Masters Degree in Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders, Karen Mitchinson has been passionate about helping adults, children and youth for over 30 years.
She believes in focusing on the strength and resilience of the individual and building on those unique qualities in order to move from surviving to thriving and flourishing. With advances in neuroscience in recent years, and the greater understanding about the role of the brain in mental health struggles and its incredible capacity for healing and adapting, Karen works within a holistic framework, addressing the four domains of biology, psychology, social and spiritual to empower you towards a healthier brain which results in a healthier body. The process of therapy includes taking advantage of brain neuroplasticity to heal, create change, build resilience and move from distress to calmness, sadness to happiness.
Karen can provide therapy to children, youth, adults and families experiencing fears, trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, addiction issues, grief and loss, life transitions, relationships, and self esteem. She also has a special interest, training and experience working with individuals with autism. For the past twelve years, she has worked within a university counselling department of Child and Youth Mental Health.
Karen integrates many therapy modalities into her practice, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness Based Techniques, Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Based Therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma-focused CBT. Meet Karen and begin your healing journey, living with joy, and making the connections to feel hope and belonging once again.
Karen has experience in these techniques:
- Person centered therapy,
- Narrative – particularly with art therapy and families
- Sensorimotor psychotherapy
- Solutions Focused Therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Play Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Narrative Family Therapy
- Emotion Focused Family Therapy
- ARC – Attachment , Self Regulation and Competency
- Circle of Security