We are all deeply influenced by cultural and environmental circumstances. Unprocessed familial thoughts and emotions from past generations are internalized in us as we move from childhood-to adulthood-to elderhood. This can have a profound effect on the quality of our lives. Becoming more aware of how thoughts, feelings, sensations and life traumas influence us, we begin to develop new insights that lead to personal growth. Through our work together you will discover tools that assist in building bridges to better health, actualizing your full potential and cultivating a more fulfilling life.
I offer sensitive and compassionate support to help safely create the internal space necessary for healing. The counseling process focuses on helping identify and heal depression, anxiety, chronic pain and stress- related issues. Working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, I specialize in life transitions, women’s issues, expressive arts therapy, grief counseling and stress reduction. My specialties also include teaching mindfulness meditation and expressive art as a way to restore balance within yourself and your world.
Karen Stefano, Ed.M., M.A., LPC, NCC, is a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor and Bioenergetic Analyst. She has trained extensively in psychodynamic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and analytic somatic psychology. Stefano has also studied various applications of spirit and psychology, Median Group Process, Social Dreaming Matrix, and Psychodynamic Therapy/Depth Psychology. An accomplished sculptor and painter, she draws on the synergy of expressive arts and counseling as guideposts in her practice. Working with individuals, couples and groups, her approach is somatic, existential and influenced by Jungian ideas. With a focus on establishing unity between the body, mind, spirit, and heart, Stefano has synthesized a creative and effective way of working with clients.
Education & Experience
Stefano is a graduate of the Washington School of Psychiatry National Group Psychotherapy Institute, The Washington School of Psychiatry Couples and Family Psychotherapy Training and the Analytic Somatic Psychotherapy Program in Berkeley, California. She received her M.A. at West Virginia University and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Stefano has been in private practice in Charles Town, West Virginia for twenty years.
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