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Leading Light Counseling

Karen Chenier PhD, R-DMT


License No. R3940 Oregon 

Instructor Psychology

In my practice, I work primarily with adults and couples in managing a wide range of mental health issues and challenges such as Anxiety, Depression, Intimacy, Communication problems, Attention deficits & Learning differences, Self- Esteem, Health issues, Life Transitions, Grief & loss, Professional/Work issues, Family and Relationship matters as an Oregon board-registered Licensed Practitioner Counselor intern.


My approach is multi-modal and evidence-based, which is to say that I use a variety of different tested treatment traditions and philosophies when counseling. Using evidence and an informed perspective, I consider good, reliable research on the efficaciousness of treatment approaches. I utilize the following:​

Symptom Reduction

Symptom reduction focuses on a clear identification of the client's problems while creating an individualized approach to reducing or those symptoms.

Cognitive-Behavior Approaches

Cognitive-behavioral approaches focus on working with clients to understand in detail their thought patterns, the core beliefs that underlie those thought patterns, and the behaviors.

Investigative Inquiries

Investigative inquiries where the client is invited to be curious about their experiences, thoughts, feelings, and actions in a respectful and safe environment.   

Also, I have been a university instructor, teaching a variety of classes: Nonverbal Communication, Interaction of Mind-body Awareness, Biological Psychology, Psychology as a Natural Science, Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment, and Viewing Dance. I enjoy creating networks and understanding human behavior and experiences with mind and body awareness while using good, reliable, and valid research.

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