Karyn Smith, MS
Karyn Smith is an LPC intern who works with adolescents and adults struggling with all issues with an emphasis in the areas of addiction, disordered eating, and trauma. She received her master’s degree in Counseling in 2013 from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. Karyn believes that all people are capable of finding hope and balance and is honored to be your companion while you find the courage to face your challenges.
Counseling with Karyn is integrative and client-centered. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy. Karyn believes that building trust and connection through the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of therapy. She will create a safe and supportive space in order for clients to re-visit adverse memories and to confront negative beliefs and unhealthy coping patterns that are no longer useful.
Karyn grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and lived in the Midwest most of her life until moving to Bend in 2009. After graduate school she took some time off to focus on raising her three children. In 2018 she took the National Counseling Exam and became a national certified counselor. She began working toward licensure by volunteering at Saving Grace working with victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Karyn has also been taking classes at COCC in order to get certified in addictions counseling.
Karyn has personally found that Bend is the perfect place to heal. When life circumstances become overwhelming sometimes all it takes for perspective and mood to shift is a quiet and grounded place outside; our senses receive positive stimulation in nature which helps us naturally feel closer to our intuitive self. Karyn can help you remove the barriers that have prevented you from seeing how amazing you are and how deserving we all are of having a peaceful and fulfilling life.She will also encourage you to connect with others and practice being vulnerable with people who you trust and love. Interactions with others invites self-awareness and allows us to feel a part of the community.