Professional Summary

Motivated and driven, with a passion to promote positive mental health in the community, Karen enjoys utilizing her ability to understand and develop effective treatment plans to help individuals maximize their quality of life. Karen has extensive experience working with the at-risk adolescent population as well as experience working with families in-home. Karen sees her  clients through an existential and relational-cultural lens and utilize solution focused, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, multicultural therapy and reality therapy strategies as well as mindful based concepts in treatment planning.  


Sep 2009 - Aug 2012

Masters Mental Health Counseling

Walden University
  • Walden University’s M.S. in Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • 90 total quarter credits

Work History

Work History
Oct 2014 - Present

Psychiatric Therapist II, School based therapist

Dodge County Clinical Services
  • School based therapy services including intake, assessment and treatment planning for Dodge County participating schools.
  • Outpatient mental health services including intake, assessment and treatment planning.
Sep 2014 - Present

SCAODA Marijuana Ad-hoc Committee

State of Wisconsin
  • Collaboration with Ad-hoc committee to  develop a recommendation report focused on marijuana that will assist communities in the state of Wisconsin deal with marijuana issues.
Aug 2012 - Present

Community and Family Therapist

Lutheran Social Services
  • In-home family therapist
  • Clinic based services
  • Psychosexual assessments, individual therapy, family, and group therapy for adolescent sex offending population.
Aug 2011 - Aug 2012

Mental Health Therapist Intern

Lutheran Social Services
  • In-home family therapy
  • Clinic based therapy
  • Mandated driving under the influence group psychoeducation
Sep 2010 - Present

Steering Committee/Executive Committee

Comprehensive Service Integration

  • Multi-agency collaboration in Fond du Lac County to support the socio-emotional needs of children.
Sep 2010 - Present


Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County

  • Multi-agency collaboration to decrease underage drinking in Fond du Lac County.
  • Multi-agency collaboration to educate community to the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
  • Facilitation of annual multi community drug drop.
  • Permanent site 24/7 drug drop.
  • Passing of the Social Host Ordinance.
Sep 2008 - Aug 2011

Family Support Specialist

Lutheran Social Services
  • Parenting education
  • Mentoring
  • Psychoeducational groups - Anger management, healthy relationships
  • Community education
  • Secure juvenile detention psychoeducational programming.
  • Family mediation 
  • One on one individual problem solving
Sep 2006 - Sep 2008

Youth Service Specialist

Runaway & Youth Services
  • Support at-risk adolescents and their families
  • Goal to strengthen families, prevent family dissolution, and promote self sufficiency
  • 24 hour crisis line
  • Outreach services
  • Family Mediation
  • Informational presentations, workshops on building healthy relationships, parenting strategies, anger management



Teen Intervene

Evidence based, early intervention program targeting 12- to 19-year-olds who display the early stages of alcohol or drug use problems.

Therapeutic Mentor

Strengthening Families Facilitator

Parenting Education and Support

Love & Logic Parenting Model Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)

Healthy Relationships Group Facilitation

Anger Management Group Facilitation


Apr 2010 - Present

CANS Trainer

Lutheran Social Services/Dr. Lyon
May 2012 - Present

Expressive Arts Therapy with Traumatized Children: The Art is the Evidence

Wisconsin Association of Family and Children's Agencies
2010 - Present

Chi Sigma Iota
Sep 2013 - Present

National Certified Counselor

2010 - 2013

American Counseling Association
2011 - 2013

Wisconsin Counseling Association