More about Karen Gaudin

Regarding my educational background, I obtained my Bachelor of Arts – Honors Psychology degree from MacEwan University back in 2010. I was fortunate enough to conduct my own thesis research with my honors psychology professor in the area of student alcoholism, which is now a published manuscript in multiple psychology journals. I am currently completing my third and final year of my Masters of Counselling degree through City University of Seattle and I will be graduated this upcoming Summer 2020. Thereafter the main goal is to register as a psychologist. I have worked and specialized in the field of addiction for over ten years, but am very interested in offering my services for a large variety of mental health issues moving forward. My passion is psychology; I feel very confident in my career choice and am very eager and enthusiastic to finally be doing what I believe I am truly meant to do.

My primary grounding theories that I most identify with are Rogerian/Client Centered/Person Centered and Gestalt, but I also have interests and am familiar with using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Feminist Therapy and Solution Focused. I am also very interested in working with clients who have experienced trauma, and I hope to attend training on EMDR in the near future. I promote that all my clients be the best and most authentic version of themselves and I believe that pathology can occur due to an individual being forced into being someone that they are truly not. I want to promote your journey of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-discovery.  As your therapist, I will NOT try to fix you, I will not give you direct advice, I will not tell you what to do, I will not assume what is best for you, I will not have all the answers or promise to make the hard stuff go away. But I will however, sit WITH you on your therapeutic journey and I am absolutely honored to do so.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts – Honors Psychology Degree (2010) MacEwan University

Masters of Counselling Degree – (completing 3rd and final year) City University of Seattle

 

Certifications

Mental Health First Aid Canada

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Addictions & Substance Abuse
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Aspergers Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Coming Out
  • Drug or Substance Addiction
  • Gambling Addictions
  • Graduation
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Internet/Gaming Addiction
  • Self-Esteem Issues

I can also help with these areas:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Grief Work & Compassion Fatigue
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse & Assault
  • Stress Management

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems (Bowenian) Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender:

  • BDSM/Kink & Poly/Swing Relationships
  • Female Genital Pain Disorders
  • Fetishes and Philias
  • Gender Identity
  • LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
  • Male Sexual Issues
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Sexual Offending Behaviours & Violence
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Trans Counselling
  • Transformations Gender Transitions Program