I'm Karen Ihrig, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice post-undergrad since 2008, and post-masters since 2012.
Clinical Social Worker in Tempe, AZ
I am a proud part of the queer community and have a long history of supporting community members in connecting to (and celebrating) their authentic self in a secure, safe and accepting environment. I support clients in building resilience while navigating phobia, systemic oppression, internalized judgement and relational challenges.
I am trauma-informed and certified in offering developmental trauma therapy for complex PTSD. This approach (NARM) supports clients in building capacity for regulating their nervous system from the top-down (cognition/emotion) and bottom-up (physical body/somatic). Through a gentle and depth-oriented approach, this form of trauma therapy for CPTSD addresses the trauma imprints and survival patterns that result from traumatic events and experiences.
After the pandemic, we have all endured collective traumatic grief. It is incredibly important for those who are grieving to not feel alone in the heartbreak of what they are experiencing. Certified as a provider for complicated grief therapy, my intention is to honor you and your grief, by being with you through the process. I'm here to offer compassion, to remember, to witness, to connect, and to find meaning again in the "new normal" after loss.
Mindfulness-based approaches focus on the benefits of being attuned to the present moment, the here and now. Mindfulness supports us in slowing down, while using our senses to connect to ourselves, our environment and each other. For those experiencing distress, anxiety and overwhelm, mindfulness can guide you in an embodied feeling of groundedness.
I offer developmental trauma therapy guided by the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). This model is a gentle and depth-oriented approach which focuses on the present-moment, how we relate to ourself and how our survival patterns from childhood get in the way of what we want most. NARM encourages curiosity, self-inquiry & intersubjectivity (being human together) to heal developmental trauma, and move in the direction of our aliveness.
I have nearly 6 years experience of working at a community mental health agency specialized in providing therapuetic art expression. While my education is in social work, I was professionally trained by registered art therapists for the duration of those 6 years, and provided expressive arts individual, group and family therapy in an art studio environment. I have a personal history of engaging in the healing arts for myself since early adolescence.