Karen Collett, MA, LPC
Counseling is a second career for me. My undergraduate major was in computer science, and I worked as a successful software engineer for over twenty years. When I lost my job in 2010, I took the opportunity to pursue a new career that was more emotionally fulfilling than working with computers. Having personally benefited from psychotherapy, becoming a counselor was an obvious choice.
In graduate school, I fell in love with interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), a multi-disciplinary approach that combines relational psychology with neurophysiology to create a powerful new approach to psychotherapy. IPNB appeals to the engineer in me because it incorporates the latest findings about how our brains and nervous systems work. It also takes a embodied perspective that I find lacking in some other approaches to psychology. This perspective inspired me to get formal training in body-focused techniques such Somatic Experiencing and EMDR.