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KAREN LACY

LCSW

As a mental health therapist for over 22 years, I have worked with all ages and all kinds of emotional challenges. I have found my work as a therapist to be very rewarding. I became a therapist because I wanted to have a career where I could make a personal difference in people’s lives with issues common to many of us. Some of the most common are relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma. For 17 of those years, I have gained valuable experience through my work in community mental health, for private companies and for military members at Hill Air Force Base. During my time at the base, I became trained and experienced in treating trauma with a well-studied and proven technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This has been an extremely valuable method for helping clients reduce the disturbance level caused by trauma.  I also am very committed to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) a therapy to help reduce distress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships. I am enjoying learning about Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, a relatively new therapy which can also help clients gain deeper, more lasting changes in their mental health.

 

MORE ABOUT KAREN

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

TREATMENT APPROACH

In therapy sessions with me, we would first gather a fairly detailed assessment about your life up to this point. The second session is usually about discussing diagnoses so we have a direction to head, and to set goals to work on in therapy. Following that, every week we would use this as a guide through therapy, with do-able homework assignments during sessions to help you progress.

SPECIALTIES

  • Trauma Work

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

AGE OF SPECIALTY

  • Preteens / Tweens: 11 to 13)

  • Adolescents /Tweens: 14 to 18

  • Adults: 19 to 64

  • Elders: 65+

COMMUNITIES OF SPECIALTY

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TYPES OF THERAPY

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

 
Mountain Peak

"Mental strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness, it’s the ability to sit present in the darkness knowing that the light will shine again”

-Unknown

 

KNOW YOUR THERAPIST

WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?

  • I grew up in Utah, Illinois, and California. I attended BYU for several years and graduated with my Bachelor’s in Social Work from USU and my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah. My husband and I live in Providence, Utah.  We have been married for many years and have six children and eleven grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family, playing piano. , reading, gardening, camping, bicycling, seeing new places, and being outdoors.  

SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

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WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?

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WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?

  • In therapy sessions with me, we would first gather a fairly detailed assessment about your life up to this point. The second session is usually about discussing diagnoses so we have a direction to head, and to set goals to work on in therapy. Following that, every week we would use this as a guide through therapy, with do-able homework assignments during sessions to help you progress.

WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?

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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?

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