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About Karen

 Karen Foley, MA, LPC, LCPC 

Karen Foley has over fourteen years of professional experience dedicated to working with trauma and the body. She has worked with adolescents and adults in hospital settings, VA Medical Centers and World Relief. Her graduate studies and research in Movement Therapy & Counseling Psychology focused on body/mind techniques for PTSD symptoms with combat veterans, survivors of military sexual assault and refugees of war. She is the co-creator of Battle Body Retraining, a body-based mindfulness series developed to reduce the impact of trauma on post-deployed veterans. Her original research was presented at the Dance/Movement Therapy Conference, the International Studies for Somatic Stress conference in 2007, and the IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) meeting in 2009. Karen is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and has studied with leading mind-body trauma experts such as Bessel van der Kolk and Daniel Siegel.  Her knowledge of the body/mind connection is uniquely informed by her previous practice as a licensed massage therapist and study of Shambhala meditation practices.

 Karen’s work with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy looks a lot like “traditional” talk therapy, but gives equal attention to the physical information being presented by the client. This approach to trauma therapy enables her to help clients deepen awareness to the body’s subtle communication and utilize techniques to manage traumatic stress responses at a micro-level. By building trust in their own ability to regulate their body, clients begin to access a sense of safety in the present day and are less viscerally haunted by the past. She also works with a variety of adult and adolescent client concerns (including Anxiety, Depression, Individual, Couple’s and Family Counseling). https://www. sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/ about.html

 

Karen volunteers with Common Roads, a safe-space for LGBT+ teens, facilitates the Queer Parenting Group and offers a Queer & Trans donation yoga class for the LGBT Center. She also leads a variety of mindfulness and movement workshops. Karen is a registered member of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and The American Counseling Association.


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www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/common-roads/about

Also come participate in our Common Roads Youth Group
Social and Educational programs for youth ages 14 to 22
Every Friday at UUCL, 538 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, 7:00p-9:30p




Drop- in class led by Karen Foley, MA, LPC
All donations benefit The LGBT Center and Common Roads!
When: Sundays at 12:30pm

Where: MIO Studio  154 North Prince St.  Lancaster, Pa
Gentle Yoga, All levels, Donation based

contact Karen at 717-715-9544 for more info

*Allies welcome!

 

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