Karen Schwarz is a self-described "vehicle for change", who enjoys working with clients motivated to improve their lives. Her dream since her youth was to do the work she is currently doing, and she is honored that others allow her to join them in their journey. Her greatest satisfaction is working with others, both in individual and in relationship counseling, to enable client strength, integrity, confidence, and improved serenity.
Karen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a Certified Master Neurolinguistic Programmer, and has a Master's Degree in Psychology.
Karen has provided mental health and chemical dependency counseling in both the private and
public sector since 1984, for agencies and in private practice. She has supervised other counselors,
and has directed an outpatient chemical dependency program.
She has presented trainings to other professionals on Counselor Ethics, Counselor/Client Relationships, Diagnosing Substance Abuse and Dependence, Hypnosis, and Group Therapy Process. She has presented education workshops to divorcing parents, enabling them to keep their struggles separate from children's needs, and has also provided community education workshops on various issues regarding mental health and addiction.
Karen has practiced divorce mediation and facilitated collaborative law cases, enabling separating couples to complete a mutually satisfactory separation agreement in a cooperative environment.
Karen has completed alcohol/drug evaluations for federal and local agencies, courts, attorneys and employers.
Karen has over 210 hours of hypnotherapy training, and has successfully provided hypnotherapy services since 2006.
In 2020, Karen becamse certified as a First Responder Counselor, enabling her to work with responders regarding their unique personal, interpersonal, and emotional challenges, facilitating effective coping skills and emotional recovery.
She has also been a successful hypnosis recipient as a competitive athlete, winning a 1987 national powerlifting championship.