Karen Kirsch, MA, RSMT, CMA, Counselor in Olympia
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 movement, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory.
My work has a primary objective of increasing embodiment by bringing consciousness to sensation and defining sense of physical identity. Individuals who are particularly kinesthetic often prefer doing emotional and relational work through sensation and movement. For those who are out of touch with their bodies I help build skills in body awareness and focusing.
My training in Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis gives me the base to work from with individuals who are dealing with chronic muscular pain and need help with alignment, body mechanics and tailoring their exercise routines to their bodies.
Call or Email Karen Kirsch for a free consultation now - (360) 529-3197


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


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

Karen Kirsch's Groups

Support for Chronic Pain

For anyone living with chronic pain no matter what the cause. NOW 2nd MONDAY at 6:30pm and 4th WEDNESDAY at 1PM 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 this stops you from attending talk to me) If you can't make these groups but are looking for some help consider doing individual sessions with me.

More about this group


  • Coping Skills
  • Chronic Pain
  • Parenting


  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Somatic
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Women's Issues


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Eclectic
  • Play Therapy
  • Sensorimotor
  • Somatic Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group


  • Video Counseling
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016
Karen Kirsch, MA, RSMT, CMA, Counselor in Olympia

Karen Kirsch

Counselor, MA, RSMT, CMA