Prof. Karen Garland


About Me

Hello, I am a licensed professional counselor and also a senior pastor of a church. I have approximately 20 years experience working with people primarily in the substance use disorder (drug and alcohol) field. I have over 15 years as a senior pastor. I know that it has been widely accepted that professional and spiritual/counseling don't mix; however, in my years I see that each can flow separately or can also flow seamlessly together. I am comfortable with both. My experience working with people has allowed me to work in a wide variety of concerns, such as, couples counseling, parenting issues, individual concerns, depression, anxiety, and other . I can assist in marriage and family issues, couples counseling, depression, anxiety and other mental/emotional issues.

I am a good listener who understands that every concern does not mandate a response. My counseling style is interactive. I am not afraid to laugh with you, or occasionally share a tissue. My basic approach is person-centered; which means I listen with respect to your lived experiences as I assist you in exploring options that are workable for your situation. I also use cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and some rational-emotive counseling techniques. Regardless of the approach, I realize that the counseling forum is your journey. I am here to be with you in the experience and offer assistance getting you through to a better you.

As a mother of six (now grown) children, I realize that the best of life comes with ups and downs. Sometimes it takes assistance from another to help getting through the rough, more challenging times. The most difficult step can be the one that takes courage to make the call to ask for help. I am here! I look forward to being part of your journey.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #PC012523 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Written by G.R. on May 04, 2021 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and adhd

In sessions with Prof. Garland, I feel that she is listening to me without judgment. She makes insightful connections and offers me useful challenge questions. She has a warm demeanor that makes it easy for me to feel safe talking about difficult things. She helps me be a better advocate for myself.

Written by J.O. on May 04, 2021 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I am enjoying my sessions. Speaking with Professor Garland feels like I’m talking to a family friend. It’s still early but she challenges my thinking and I need that so I can address certain behaviors.

Written by N.I. on Mar 12, 2021 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and eating disorders

Prof. Garland was very patient she listeners and is responsive she asks questions. I feel she is a great match for me I look forward to having more sessions with her.