About Karin

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” I believe that the diversity of my life experience helps me support my clients more effectively.  I have lived and worked in many different environments. I was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada when I was an infant. Before earning my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, I completed an undergraduate degree in International Relations and English Literature and a combined law degree and master’s degree focused on international law. I have lived in Singapore, Taipei, Beijing, Bangkok and Maastricht (Netherlands). I have worked in the fields of law, international relations, business, technology, marketing, real estate sales and education.

Having lived through my own experiences of pain and healing, I have easier access to deeper levels of empathy and compassion for my clients as they face their own challenges. I know the discomfort of being in the unknown during life transitions. I know the heartbreak of separation and divorce. I know the intensity of grief over the sudden death of a loved one. I know how challenging the adjustment to motherhood can be. I feel deeply honored to be able to support my clients as they heal and grow.

Relevant Certifications and Training

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist - International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Washington State Approved Supervisor for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

A Psycho-Biological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) Level 1 and 2 Training - The PACT Institute

Hakomi Level 1 and 2 Training - The Seattle Hakomi Education Network

Lifespan Integration Therapy Level 1 and 2 Training - Lifespan Integration Website

Satir Level 1 and 2 Training - Satir Professional Institute of Manitoba

Somatic Experiencing® Student - Somatic Experiencing International

Listening Mother's Facilitator - Listening Mothers Community of Mindful Parenting

AASECT Sex Therapist Certification in Progress - American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Certified Positive Discipline Parent Education Facilitator - Positive Discipline

Yoga Teacher Training in Progress - My Vinyasa Practice Studio

Certificate in Haven Counseling - The Haven Institute

Clearmind Practitioners Training Program Year 1 and 2  - Clearmind International

Conflict Resolution Certification - Justice Institute of British Columbia