Karen Kirsch

Counselor, MA, RSMT, CMA

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Karen Kirsch, MA, RSMT, CMA, Counselor in Olympia
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Karen Kirsch

Counselor, MA, RSMT, CMA


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Olympia, Washington 98512
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I work within the modality of Somatic Movement Therapy and practice from the premise that body experience and movement hold a unique role in understanding and transforming human behavior. Sessions develop by directing clients awareness to sensation, impulse, movement and/or emotion in order to support physiological and neurological process. The pace and direction of this work is client led through verbal and nonverbal feedback. This approach is founded in developmental therapy, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory.

My work has a primary objective of increasing embodiment by bringing consciousness to sensation and awareness. Individuals who are particularly kinesthetic prefer doing emotional work through sensation/ movement. For those who are out of touch with their bodies I help build skills in body awareness and focusing.

I have a special interest in working with individuals who are dealing with chronic pain and anyone who needs help with alignment, body mechanics or tailoring their exercise routines to their bodies. I can also help you engage specific muscles to access support in current emotional issues.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 8 Years
  • School: Santa Barbara Graduate Institute
  • Year Graduated: 2010
  • License No. and State: CL60164440 Washington

Finances

  • Avg Cost (per session): $60 - $100
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Paypal

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Bodynamic Institute USA
  • Certificate Date: 2017
  • Certificate: Portland State University / Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Certificate Date: 2015

Karen Kirsch's Groups

Support for Chronic Pain

For anyone living with chronic pain no matter what the cause. NOW 1st and 3rd WEDNESDAY at 11am an 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:30pm. Includes: check in, educational information and resources, guided relaxation and/or movement, breath awareness and personal sharing. Join us and break the isolation, be supported by others who understand living with chronic pain Learn about the physiologic responses to pain, emotion and stress Experience techniques to increase relaxation and decrease pain cost $10 per meeting. If you can't make these groups but are looking for some help consider doing individual sessions with me.

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Location

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Olympia, Washington 98512
(360) 529-3197

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Specialties
  • Coping Skills
  • Chronic Pain
  • Grief
Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Somatic
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Women's Issues
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Age
  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)
Categories
  • Bisexual Clients
  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Bodynamic
  • Coaching
  • Compassion Focused
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Eclectic
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Imago
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Sensorimotor
  • Somatic
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Video/Skype
  • Video Counseling

Professional Connections

Zoe Waggoner, MA, LMHC
Zoe Waggoner, MA, LMHC
Other Colleague, known for 9 years
Karen is a wonderfully skilled somatic practitioner. She is able to 'see/sense' the true state of being in a client, helping each client to drop into the truth of their issues without words or their defenses getting in the way. Helping each client to heal their entire being - mind, body and spirit.
Zoe Waggoner, MA, LMHC
Zoe Waggoner, MA, LMHC
Other Colleague, known for 9 years
Zoe Waggoner, MA, LMHC
Zoe Waggoner, MA, LMHC
Other Colleague, known for 9 years
Zoe is who I reccommend for hypotherapy, she is skilled and compassionate. She connects easily with everyone and has a practical approach.

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Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018
Karen Kirsch, MA, RSMT, CMA, Counselor in Olympia

Karen Kirsch

Counselor, MA, RSMT, CMA