Karen is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. Prior to going into full-time practice as co-creator of CoreQuest Personal Development Services, she worked as a therapist and group leader at Life Healing Center of Santa Fe. In this residential setting, Karen helped clients heal from childhood trauma and abuse, as well as from various addictions. She worked extensively with dissociative disorders, depression and anxiety, as well as the many addictions that people often use to try to cope with their pain, particularly eating disorders, chemical addiction, and sex and love addiction.
What Others Say...
By working with Karen, I learned to authentically communicate with those inner aspects of myself that needed and wanted to be heard and loved. Karen helped me do this because she has traveled this road herself. Karen has been on her own daily journey for decades. This, along with her years of study, training and working with hundreds of clients all over the world, enables her to be a most effective guide and teacher.
Do you want to experience real transformation that changes who you are being in the world? Then contact Karen.
Daniel Paul Brace, Avila Beach, CA
Karen is a student of A Course in Miracles and has practiced Zen Buddhism for more than twelve years. After spending time at the monastery of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, in France, she taught mindfulness and meditation classes at Miraval, a renowned spa and resort north of Tucson, and led week-long programs on mindful eating at Hilton Head Health Institute. Combining her contemplative meditation practice with her understanding of God through the Course in Miracles, Karen and her husband developed Forgiveness Circles, a group process that allows participants to release their burdens and ask God for help in healing them.
Karen incorporates Psychodrama, Gestalt and energy tools such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) into her dynamic, Spirit-inspired work. She loves being outdoors and has participated in Vision Questing, sweat lodges and other Native American and earth-based practices.
Karen has a graduate degree in counseling psychology from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. She has a background in business and worked for a number of years in marketing, sales and management. Karen has been an approved affiliate and certified facilitator of Inner Bonding® since 2004.
Colorado LPC License #5151
Seesha (the black one) passed away during the August 2011 Healing Hearts Women's Retreat in Colorado, surrounded by a group of beautiful participants. Her powerful spirit continues to protect our home.
Before dedicating himself full-time to CoreQuest Personal Development Services, Mark was the clinical manager at an intensive outpatient program (IOP) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he helped to build the program from the ground up. He worked for five years as both an individual and group therapist at Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, a residential treatment center where clients came to heal addictions and underlying trauma. He has worked extensively with clients whose issues include chemical addiction, sex and love addiction, eating disorders, financial disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and codependency. Working with the underlying issues of addiction, Mark has helped clients to explore childhood sexual and physical abuse, neglect, loss, the effects of natural disaster, and other traumas. However, he has found that much more important than what has happened in the past, is how we are relating to and aligning with ourselves right now, in this moment. At the heart of the work he does with all clients is teaching them how to develop a loving relationship with themselves and learning to align with the divine within.
Mark’s psycho-spiritual approach to healing is influenced by his own interest in spirituality and healing. He practiced mindfulness at the monastery of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and spent many years deeply involved in Zen Buddhism. His current interest is in blending the well-established practices of meditation with the principles of A Course in Miracles, and in facilitating Forgiveness Circles, a group process which he developed with his wife, Karen.
Mark holds a black belt in Aikido, a non-violent martial art, which teaches how to find one’s own “center”, to extend “ki” (life force), and to blend one’s energy with opposing forces and redirect them in non-harmful ways. Mark has found the principles of Aikido helpful not only in psychotherapy, but also in dealing with the stressors of daily life.
Mark has an undergraduate degree in psychology, a graduate degree in international management (M.I.M.), and a graduate degree in counseling psychology. Mark has training in a variety of therapy modalities and his counseling approach is eclectic and unique to each client. He is an approved affiliate and certified facilitator of Inner Bonding®.
Colorado LPC License #5091
What Others Say...
Mark and I met during an acute phase of my trauma recovery and I was not a nice person (to be generous!). I now understand, with his help, that I was operating completely out of my wounded self, but it was all I knew how to be for most of my life. Several years later I reconnected with him when I was at rock-bottom. Once again, my lifetime struggle with choosing life or suicide, God and Light or darkness, were major issues that I woke up to daily. Mark literally companioned me from the darkness into the Light. I will never forget that particular session when I made my commitment to Life and the image of me walking across a dark abyss into a light-filled space. Thoughts of suicide have dissolved for the first time in my life. He is now coaching me and my partner as we navigate the maze of triggers and as we learn to love ourselves and each other no matter if our wounded self or loving, beautiful core essence shows up for the day. It's the first time my partner is doing inner work and he looks forward to our sessions. What I treasure most is Mark's gentleness when I'm in my wounded self or when I tell him of a difficult wounded self interaction I had in-between sessions and his respecting my religious orientation. For years I was in therapy with professionals that could not relate to this important aspect of my life. Pure balm for my soul. I recommend working with Mark whole-heartedly and without any reservations.
M. G., female, age 49