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Kari Karp, LPCC

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT KARI

I am a native of Colorado – born and raised in a state I love very much. Though many people are drawn to the Rocky Mountains for skiing and other winter sports, my favorite time of the year in the mountains is summer.  I love the long, sunny days and cool evenings. I feel very lucky that my family and most of my close friends are here in Colorado as well.

When not busy providing individual therapy and couples counseling, I enjoy spending time with the important people in my life, usually hiking, biking or eating! I secretly love to grocery shop, as cooking is one of my most fulfilling passions.

Why I became a Therapist:

My desire to become a therapist, helping both couples and individuals, developed over time, as a result of several significant events in my life. While I was young, my family provided foster care and most of my foster siblings went to weekly therapy. I quickly saw how helpful it was for them, and for everyone in our family. A bit later, during my senior year of high school, my grandmother passed away. She had lived with us from the time I was five years old and her death launched me into a time of uncertainty, where I was questioning who I was and what I believed. It was a time of confusion, grief, sadness and loss. I didn’t know how to process this significant loss during a phase of life that was filled with many other important changes.  At the age of 24, I began my own individual therapy, which was life changing. Through the relationship I formed with my therapist, I was able to process everything that had happened in my life and understand how it had impacted me and my relationships. This healing experience confirmed my desire to support other people while they work through difficult experiences and find joy again. 

As an Emotionally Focused Therapist, I believe we are all born with the need to connect with others, to experience a sense of belonging and to know we matter to those who matter most to us.  Couples often experience negative patterns of interaction that leave them feeling quite the opposite - misunderstood, frustrated and even lonely. Helping couples understand their patterns so they can change them  into positive, bonding conversations is one of the things I love most about my role as a therapist. 

Credentials

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate LPCC.0015391

Master of Arts in Counseling - Regis University, Denver, Colorado

Bachelor of Applied Science, Community Interpreting – Regis University, Denver, Colorado

Previous Experience

Kari Baker Counseling, LLC – a private practice where I specialized in providing couples counseling using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Master’s Level Intern – Adria Rigg, LLC – I provided couples counseling and individual therapy while also facilitating workshops for parents with challenging children

National Certified Sign Language Interpreter – expert in verbal and nonverbal communication; provided high quality interpreting services to Deaf and hearing clients.

Leadership Institute – created and facilitated communication and leadership workshops while also providing one-on-one coaching to help clients achieve their personal and professional goals

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association, Member

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member

Boulder Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member

Random ‘fun facts’ about me!

Best Goal: To become a professor of some type 

Best Habit: On the weekends, I meal prep for the entire week for any meals I will not be home for. 

Best Reason to be Happy: I have amazing people in my life. 

Best Legal Route to Joy: Girls Nights In - with friends that make me laugh until my stomach burns and my cheeks hurt.  

Best Flaw: Whenever I cook for people I make wayyy too much food! Leftovers for all! 

Best Accomplishment: I worked as a food scientist for 5 years with no prior education or experience in the industry - I just learned (and failed!) as I went along and ended up becoming quite proficient! 

Best Motto: Live your best life! 

Best Under-Appreciated Skill: Noticing when people misuse idioms...the first one I remember was my dad saying, "I talked to my friend the other day - he just needed an ear to lean on"! I appreciate language and misuse of language so much!


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