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Karen Memhardt, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma, Abuse Grief Compassion fatigue
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About me

Hi, I am Karen Memhardt, MA, Med, LPC, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Psychological Examiner. I have master’s degrees in Professional counseling, School counseling, and Psychological Examiner and teaching. I have certification in hypnotherapy, EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Psychotherapy, Christian counseling, CCTP Treating Complex Trauma. I have been practicing for fourteen years.
My goal is to provide a safe supportive environment where clients can explore issues that prevent them from enjoying life to the fullest. Treatment is approached from a holistic spiritual basis to treat the whole family environment. Psychodynamic psychotherapy and educational counseling principals are integrated with various techniques and therapies to discover the cause of the psychological or behavioral disturbance, incorporating modalities of individual, family, and group counseling therapies to relieve stress and anxiety to a level of comfort desired in your family, work or school environment.
Working together, we find the internal and external stressors and eliminate them or find ways to make them manageable for a successful life as measured by you.
I use psychodynamic psychotherapy, a form of depth psychology, with the primary focus to reveal the unconscious content of your psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. In this way it is similar to psychoanalysis. It also relies on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist more than other forms of depth psychology. In terms of approach this form of therapy tends to be more eclectic, taking techniques from a variety of sources, rather than relying on a single system of intervention. It is used in individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, family therapy, and to understand and work with institutional and organizational contexts.
CBT, Cognitive Behavioral and Neo Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help you reframe thoughts to more effectively manage feelings and behaviors, and to restructure negative thoughts into a positive thought process to improve self-esteem and self-motivation. Brief therapy is used to address a specific issue in eight to ten sessions.
I would ask you to participate in your therapy by asking you to do homework in-between sessions. For example I would ask you the following questions to prepare for our first session:
Have you been to a counselor before? A counselor can be a useful tool. I would hope we can build a relationship that you would be able to trust in to discuss your feelings, hopes and goals to help you move forward with a new plan for your life. If you can use me as a sounding board, and use me to help you make some important decisions, this will help you have an easier time with all of your life issues.
I am here to help you figure out what is best for you moving forward. What we discuss is confidential.
What would you like to discuss with me today? What would you say is the main reason you are wanting to talk today? What are your long term goals for your living arrangement, relationships and your career? Do you have any techniques for helping you to relax? How are you feeling today?
For a Brief therapy session I would ask you to imagine you go to sleep tonight, and while you are sleeping, a miracle happens so when you wake up tomorrow morning and everything in your life is exactly how you want your life to be, what would it look like?

Professional experience

14yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma, Abuse Grief Compassion fatigue

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Narcissism, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

MO LPC 2010041725


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Karen Memhardt. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Karen has been wonderful. She’s helped me through the most difficult times I’ve experienced and continues to support me in deeper exploration of how to become the version of myself I intend to be. Extremely thankful for her.

Written on May 06, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 8 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

She is a good therapist. We get along very well. She understands my problems and issues. She is very helpful

Written on Apr 29, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 3 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, grief, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Karen is awesome at her job, I am deeply faithful to God and Jesus Christ and she provided help in both worldly and spiritual difficulties. Very well versed in the Bible and her testimony on how God impacted her life pushes me father to live for Christ. Thank you Karen, you are a blessing I hope more people can witness. God bless you Karen and any that may find this review. Shalom

Written on Feb 18, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder,

Karen has had a great impact on my life this past year. She has helped me find a lot of clarity in sorting out my thoughts and courage to act on big decisions.
I know that she cares deeply for each one of her clients, and I'm thankful I have her in my life.

Written on Feb 04, 2024 after therapy with Karen for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Karen is a very skilled therapist. She has been extremely helpful to me and with my family. I highly recommend her!

Written on Sep 04, 2023 after therapy with Karen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Very engaged, great listener, cares and has strong attention to details

Written on Nov 30, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning intimacy-related issues