Family driven. Loyal friend. Passionate thinker. Caring listener.
Kara has a Masters of Clinical Social Work, is a Certified Play Therapist, and an EMDR therapist. She focuses much of her training on attachment based models of interventions for children and families including Theraplay© and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and is a Registered Circle of Security© Facilitator. She also has additional training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and other complex trauma, cognitive behavioural play therapy, and attachment based trainings.
Over the past 15 years, Kara has worked in various systems in Manitoba – child
protection, foster care, healthcare and educational settings – providing support to
children and their families. This experience has equipped her with a greater
understanding of the systemic struggles many children and families face. She takes
many different systems into account during the therapeutic assessment, namely, the relationship the client has with the many environments present in their lives and how these impact overall well-being.
Kara specializes in providing therapeutic support to children and families with extensive trauma histories, often involved in the child welfare system. She also has experience in providing therapeutic support to children who are coping with ongoing parental conflict as a result of separation.
Kara believes that all children and families come to therapy with many strengths that are sometimes overshadowed by their hardships. Her committed, genuine, caring, honest, and non-judgmental approach directs her work and relationships with children and families. Using play, art, games, and conversation, Kara guides children and families work through their difficulties and relate to their struggles in a different, more empowered way.