As a clinical counselor my focus is Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Integrative Mental Health for adolescents and adults.
Depression, Anxiety and ODC
I treat depression, anxiety and OCD with a combination of four modalities/techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Psychoeducation and Exposure and Response Prevention therapy. CBT is a treatment method that focuses on understanding and recognizing cognition and behavioral connections and utilizes techniques to overcome and manage these. Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and environment. Psychoeducation is helping the client understand what anxiety/OCD is, how it impacts the emotional and physical state and increase understanding of the role this plays in daily life. Finally, ERP therapy is the process of exposing an individual to anxiety inducing situations, environments or things and working through the physical and emotional reactions, thus decreasing the severity of the reaction. The process of treatment is different for every individual as no single person feels the exact same anxiety, compulsion, or obsession. For that reason, meeting every client where they are in their journey is my first goal. With that in mind, I believe that the process is very personal and the role that I play in that journey is to ensure that with time and work the client can go on with their lives without me but with the skills and knowledge to be successful.
Integrative Mental Health
I am a Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider (CIMPH). This is a whole-body approach to mental health for those who want to know more about the impact of their physical health on their emotional health and then make goals and treatments for lifelong change. There are so many factors to consider: sleep and sleep wake cycles, nutrition, sensitivities, deficiencies, metabolic impacts, gut health, exercise, and so much more. In this approach there will be a variety of testing, consultation with the client’s primary physician, psychotherapeutic interventions (such as CBT), and a whole person treatment plan.
There is a specific intake packet to complete for anyone coming in for this and will be provided upon scheduling. Please note that there will be additional fees for tests outside of the counseling sessions. This is normal and part of the process of understanding the impact of deficiencies, sensitivities or diseases that may be impacting the emotional state.
For adolescents in particular, I focus my treatment on specific obsessions, compulsions, anxiety around school attendance, peers, eating problems, developmental changes, gender identity, and ADHD among others.
I was born in South Africa and lived between there, the US, and in different parts of Africa until I was 18. I came back to the US for college and decided to stay in Kentucky for my husband and his young daughter. My background with cultural diversity and the relevance of that continues past my childhood and into my practice as a clinician in Kentucky and marrying into a Latino family. Moving to the DMV area in 2020 came out of necessity and the pandemic but has become a new place to call home.
Having worked in the mental health field for 17 years and in private practice for 12 years, my training has spanned from working with families and children to my current specialization with adults and adolescents. In all that time I believe that my strongest asset and what I offer to my clients is my willingness to meet every individual where they are in their life journey and assist in the change that promotes hope and growth. “What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality” -Plutarch
Kari is out of network with insurance. She will guide you and provide you with necessary information to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
Kari sees clients in person in Falls Church and also offers teletherapy/online sessions.