Karen has a passion is to help others integrate sensate understanding into the practice of daily living and encourage gentle exploration grounded in sound anatomical and neurological principles.
Karen is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA). She has a Masters in Somatic Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and holds a certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology. She taught Modern Dance Technique and Somatic Studies at The Evergreen State College in Washington State US and in private studios.
Karen currently maintains a private practice with an emphasis on access to the innate healing and learning capacities of the body. This work is informed and grounded in Laban/Bartenieff studies, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, Developmental Movement, Sensory integration, and Interpersonal Neurobiology.
Committed to community, Karen brings the power of movement and play into every group she leads fostering self-understanding through self-expression. Her work in the community includes leading grief groups for children and families who have lost a loved one, leading movement for participants at Harmony Hill cancer retreat center, teaching a monthly parenting series, and facilitating support groups for people living with chronic pain. Karen also performs and leads workshops with Random Acts of Dance Collective in Olympia Washington US.