Kara began working with children in the mid-1990’s through the education system. She completed Bachelor’s degrees in Developmental Psychology and Elementary Education, and is a former K-12 Certified Public School teacher in the state of Washington. Along the way to her teaching credentials, she spent time working with Children in outdoor recreation, camp settings and later received additional therapeutic training and experience working for a Children’s Long Term Inpatient Program (CLIP) in Western Washington.
Kara has attended numerous workshops and training events on topics related to parenting and building positive alliances with young people. Most notable of these experiences was her introduction to Children Focusing with René Veugelers of Focusing Centre Zeeland. Children Focusing is a gentle, open approach to engaging with people that provides respect, creative reflection, and voice to wordless places.
One of the potential challenges in working with young people is the need for bridging between words and experience. Often children know something, but struggle to convey what is felt inside to another person or even concretize it within the self. Children Focusing helps the therapist (or parent/educator) connect with and deeply understand the child’s experience while simultaneously helping the child feel grounded, safe, and understood. This deep trust and connecting creates a healing interaction through which the child’s stuck feelings are able to release and their inner process to move forward. Kara continues to train in Children Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Therapy.
“Being able to tell or show our story always helps us to re-connect freshly, if we can keep listening/watching while we share it.” ~René Veugelers