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About Karen

"The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."
My Story

Hi! I'm Karen.

I'm a creative coach, mom, and curious experimenter in lots of creative and artistic pursuits. I'm happiest when exploring something new, whether it be an unfamiliar art form or a new city. I love to cook,  hate to do the dishes, am an introvert who thrives on deep connection (but goodness, do I need my alone time), and prefer anchovies to fruit. All true. 

I live in my dream home in Brooklyn, NY with my kiddo, 3 cats, and sweet pandemic puppy. (There is a lot of fur floating around my house.) Ours may not be a neat and tidy home, but it is full of love and creative pursuits and unique yard-sale finds. It's the perfect place for us.

I have amassed a wealth of skills and experience in creativity and the arts over the years, and bring that, coupled with some intense training (graduate degrees in counseling and in theatre, several focused Expressive Arts trainings) to every interaction I have with my clients. I love what I do and am grateful every day that I have built this life and career for myself. 

But it's funny, because even though I worked in the arts and used my creative skills every day, it took me a really long time to trust my creative process enough to unveil deeply embedded parts of me. 

I think it took turning 50 to really pay attention to my inner creative power. Oh, how I wish I had had someone to help me in my younger years; to guide me to trust my inner voice and make bolder choices. To understand that creativity lives in every moment of my day, not just when I am writing or making theatre. And most importantly, to use creative tools to love and accept myself, faults and all.

So now I use my skills and experience to help others use creativity and arts-based tools to self-reflect and move through life with greater intention and understanding. Creativity is sometimes a client's goal, and always a tool we use: for self-exploration, waking up the intuition, and taking big steps to make dreams happen.

My Bio

I am a coach, facilitator, guide, and creativity advocate with over 25 years of experience helping artists and non-artists use creativity to enhance their lives. My work has taken me to schools, non-profits, community centers, arts organizations and foster-care facilities. I have used creativity to mentor and coach teens and adults, design professional development programs for teaching artists, build career-based arts internship programs, teach parenting to teenagers, train teachers to use arts-based learning in their classrooms, facilitate a multitude of workshops, and guide many small groups. I hold a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from New York University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin. I'm currently working towards certification as an Expressive Arts Facilitator.
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