Karen Keith is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Southern California. Karen received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary and has more than over 20 years of experience working with families and children with special needs, learning disabilities, autism and ADHD. Trained in EMDR, Karen also has experience working with clients with trauma and PTSD. Karen is also a certified trainer in the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator for adults and children.
Prior to becoming a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Karen spent 25 years in the public school system working with special needs children. Karen also previously worked as the Director of the Nueva Vida Haven Emergency Overnight Shelter for Women and Children. There, she assisted callers who were seeking safe shelter, many who were mothers with children, and others who were being discharged from hospitals or recently released from prison. Each time Karen answered the phone while working at the Nueva Vida Haven Emergency Overnight Shelter, it was truly an opportunity to save a life.
It was during her time spent at the Shelter that Karen realized "the impact children with disabilities have on the family unit and their struggles they endure with society." This propelled Karen to go back to school and earn her Masters in Marriage and Family therapy.
With Karen's life experience of being married for over 36 years, raising a blended family, and experiencing life's trials, she is able to empathize, encourage and empower her clients to reach their maximum potential of who they are to be.
"Communication is to relationships what breath is to life."
– Virginia Satir
Activities & Affiliations:
- MBTI: Myers Briggs Type Indicator
- Prepare and Enrich: Certified P/E Facilitator, Premarital Counseling
- EMDR: Level 1 & 2 training
- Love and Logic Facilitator
- Master of Arts: Marriage and Family Therapy
- Bachelor of Science: Organizational Leadership
- Individual counseling
- Marriage counseling
- Premarital counseling
- Family counseling (including teens and children)
- Anxiety and Depression
- PTSD and trauma
- Self-Esteem/Personal growth
- Mental Illness
- Special needs and families