Karen Veteran, LMFT
Karen Veteran’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
Life’s challenges can prove overwhelming at times, but you do not need to overcome them alone. I help individuals, couples and families explore unhelpful patterns, build insight and new skills. I believe that everyone has inherent strengths and the capacity for change and resilience, and I work collaboratively with my clients to address your challenges and goals.
The therapeutic relationship between us is the center of our work and you can expect a compassionate, non-judgmental, gently challenging, and supportive environment. Choosing to engage in therapy shows that you are ready for growth, and I deeply honor your emotional safety, privacy, and trust.
In addition to a therapy practice, I teach courses at Clark College in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services Program. Some of the topics I teach are grief and loss, trauma counseling, human services intervention and theory, and suicide prevention. I love what I do – both engaging clients and teaching students.
In my free time I am at home on my acreage, which used to have an abundance of animals (llamas, horses, chickens, alpacas) but now just has some silly goats, and my dogs and cats.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Women’s issues
- Life transitions
- Relational issues
Q&A with Karen
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I gravitate to uncovering and working with clients on what might be the deeper issue(s), which tend to feed the symptom(s) creating the immediate problem.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I tend to follow the client’s lead as most clients tend to know what’s going on, but clients need guidance to identify the deeply seeded obstacles, so I help untangle the maze and help navigate the healing process.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I really enjoy and care about people, which helps me love my job! I have over 30 years of experience as a licensed therapist in so many different settings and environments.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would love the ability to magically reach into someone’s heart and put them in touch with their own unique and beautiful soul!
5.) What makes you laugh?
I love babies giggling and silly cat videos!
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
It would be great to enjoy a meal with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.