About Karel

 
 

I possess a lifelong curiosity about the human condition and believe that each of us has the capacity for endurance, resilience, and change. It is that belief that drew me to be a helper and guide for others and ultimately led me to pursue a career as a therapist.

After a series of failed partner relationships in my twenties, I started to dig very deeply into the heartbreak experience, with the intention of understanding it as a necessary process in life, with stages of grief, acceptance, healing, and integration.

Carrying this into my thirties as a single woman then led me to explore and truly grapple with feelings of loneliness, frustration at the difficulties of dating, and messages of failure and inferiority because I didn’t have or “couldn’t keep” a committed partner. This can’t be right, I thought. Being partnered or looking for a partner can’t be the only way to do things in life.

Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, Oregon

Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, Oregon

 
 
Deschutes River, Terrebonne, Oregon

Deschutes River, Terrebonne, Oregon

I dove headfirst into cultivating a deep and intimate relationship with myself and learning how to exist in the world as a single entity and, more importantly, how to define and protect my self-worth amidst all of the oppositional messaging and pressure I was experiencing from media, culture, even friends and family.

I know with certainty that the therapists I worked with throughout that time, as well as my own practice as a therapist, were instrumental in guiding and supporting me through this process. My work continues, as all of our work always does, and I find it invigorating, empowering, and so richly rewarding.

 
 

It is this energy and vitality from my own exploration that drives me to help others do the same: find, refine, and trust your self-evaluation, identity, and secure place in your world. I want so much for each of you to be uplifted by self-love and unending self-compassion, without contingency or condition. Once you decide to begin, wherever you are in your unique path, I will meet you there and hold your heart tenderly every step of the way.

I look forward to joining you in your journey!

 
 
Deschutes River, Terrebonne, Oregon

Deschutes River, Terrebonne, Oregon


Education and Experience
M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2013), Portland State University – CACREP-accredited
B.A., English & Creative Writing (2004), Haverford College

Portland State University Community Counseling Clinic, Portland, OR
Bridge City Counseling, Portland, OR
LifeWorks NW, Washington County, OR
Columbia Community Mental Health, Columbia County, OR
Columbia River Mental Health Services, Vancouver, WA

Licensure
Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor C4296

 
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A crucial aspect of my own self-empowerment work has been traveling and adventuring alone and learning to cherish my own company. All nature photography on this site was taken during one of my solo trips.