Karine is a Holistic Psychotherapist, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, and Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Instructor as well as a poet, a vegan and lover of all animals, especially dogs!
She is a licensed psychotherapist (LICSW) in private practice with specialty training in individual, marriage and family therapy, as well as systems work, group therapy and trauma recovery. She holds graduate degrees in Psychology, Social Work, and Family Life Education, and certifications in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management).
She is committed to a holistic perspective on healing.
With over 22 years of experience as a therapist in various settings, both inpatient and outpatient, she has treated illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's Disease, child and adolescent psychiatric issues such as ADHD and PTSD. She also worked with the frail elderly where she experienced end-of-life issues as well as caregiving issues. Work in a community family clinic is where she honed her skills as a systemic family therapist and delved into communication and relational issues including emotional abuse, divorce and reconstituted family issues.
Karine has extensive experience with trauma and abuse victims throughout the lifespan. She has worked in school settings with disadvantaged youths with behavioral and emotional concerns; and she has worked with first responders alongside her beloved K-9 Mika offering stress relief to first responders at crises and disaster sites.
From an early age, Karine had high hopes of becoming an Engineer in the Canadian army. Trained as an Officer-cadet in the Canadian army until an unfortunate accident ended her career. Though she was seriously hurt, she looks upon this experience as a growing one that allowed her to learn much about herself, the world, as well as her true life purpose.
These days you'll often find Napoleon, the resident therapy dog, in session along side Karine. Affectionately called "Popo", this little therapist has quickly become a favorite of many clients.
Karine is invested in treating people traditionally and holistically by helping to stimulate a greater awareness of one’s inner life and unifying the bridge that connects body, mind, and spirit.
Spiritual curiosity has led her to delve deep into the study of Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy, Shamanism, Sufi Mysticism, and Holistic Care for People and Animals beyond her traditional studies in psychotherapy (which include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Couple's Therapy).
Karine practices alternative modalities including ayurveda, yoga, meditation, homeopathy, herbs, general nutrition, aromatherapy, and flower essences.
Be well. Be uplifted!
Be well. Be uplifted!
Karine is committed to a holistic perspective and would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and offer you the most compassionate service in the psychotherapy field today.