WELCOME

Hello and welcome.  I’m Karen Robertson, a relationship coach, and a licensed psychotherapist with a passion for helping people rediscover, refresh, or heal their most important relationships, including the relationship you have with yourself. 

 

Some of the challenges I help people face include betrayals, depression, anxiety, indecision, conflict, quarantine, and the increasing stress of managing relationships through the pandemic.  Relationships challenges exist everywhere in our lives: at home, with families, at work. There comes a time when help is needed from an experienced professional to cope with them.

Research tells us that most people don't seek help until it's too late,

but in my experience seeking help at all is a step in the right direction. 

 

Besides my education, I have also weathered many of the challenges that you might be facing. My commitment is to help you find your way through some of life's darkest places.  

EDUCATION

  • University of Michigan School of Social Work, Master of Social Work

  • Mount Holyoke College, Bachelor of Science, Psychology

My approach to therapy is to help you tell me the story of what success looks like, help you uncover the barriers to achieving it, and to provide tools & techniques that we know work in improving our lives. I am always seeking to be mindful of expressed and unexpressed emotions as well as the impact of trauma.  I use a combination of evidence-based therapies, ancient frameworks, insight, and lived experience. 

 

I haven't always been a therapist.  I spent 25 years working full time in a Fortune 100 company before changing direction to do consulting work and earn my graduate degree.  In those years, I was a single mother, divorced, remarried, had two sons, and a daughter with an eating disorder who became addicted to opioids following surgery. After 15 years, 9 rehab/recovery centers, some incredibly wonderful years, and some incredibly heartbreaking years, we lost her.  The family survived.  My marriage survived. But not without a lot of stress and hard lessons learned.  Actually, to call those years stressful is an understatement. 

 

Today, I am a wife and mother of musicians and know intimately the struggle of artists.  I am an explorer, traveler, innovator, teacher, guide, creative spirit, and peacemaker.  I know relationship challenges, grief, betrayal, redemption, and recovery.

 

I am proud of my education and credentials.  But I am prouder of my resilience and the experiences that have been critical in shaping how I relate deeply and authentically to a wide range of personal and relationship challenges.   My mission is to pass on that knowledge and resilience to others.

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Specialties:

Anxiety

Depression

Pre-Marital

Marital

Parenting

Co-Parenting

Affairs

Career Change

Life Transitions

Workplace Conflict Resolution

Teambuilding

Interpersonal Effectiveness Training

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Gottman Couples Therapy, Level I & II

  • The Couples Institute

  • Domestic & Civil Mediation, State of Michigan, Resolution Services Center

  • Myers-Briggs Certified Administrator

  • Future Search Facilitator 

  • Six Sigma Green Belt

 
 
 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE 

PERSPECTIVES

Tuned-in to the Unique Challenges of a Variety of Lifestyles

Professional, confidential and compassionately offered services.

VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Connect from Anywhere

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

A Strengths-based Approach to Reducing Distress

 
 

Questions?

Please Ask.

(616) 326-1074

50 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

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RELATIONSHIP COACHING

Strong and Vibrant Relationships; Happier, More Productive Teams

“The point is that neuroses don’t have to ruin a relationship. If you can accommodate each other’s “crazy” side and handle it with caring, affection, and respect, your relationship can thrive.”

John Gottman, Phd

IN ORDER TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, AND PRACTICE SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING, I WILL BE SEEING CLIENTS REMOTELY FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.   Learn More...

TESTIMONIALS

Like most therapists, Karen is well educated in her field, but beyond that, she brings a level of intuition enhanced by her ability to listen deeply and hone in quickly on the right issues and the related questions to pursue.  Karen is in partnership with her clients in a way that engages both her skills and capacities but also requires the client to make an investment in their own well-being, and not just show up for a one-hour conversation.  She has helped me recognize core issues and challenges in my life and encouraged my own ways of inner knowing to help me become wiser at avoiding unhealthy people and situations.  I would recommend her to anyone searching for help through a great therapist. 

MW

Thank you! You held for space for our conflict in a way that made me feel supported and allowed us to really listen to each other.  We were able to get much more deeply connected by going through difficult conversations with the tools you gave us. 

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