"...I am always learning how to deepen and expand my skills..."

I have been working with couples, adults and families on a variety of challenges for almost a decade, and my studies of Mindfulness and the Neurobiology of Attachment allow me to address a wide variety of topics and difficulties with confidence and skill. I was originally trained in a Solution Focused and a Narrative approach, yet have found that as my counseling experience evolves, my style is ever-evolving and deepening. I have recognized that my approach is more Relational and Neurobiologically based: I believe that what has happened to us within the relationships in our lives can only be healed in relationship, and that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful vehicle to overall growth and transformation.

I have practiced counseling in a variety of settings, such as an inpatient psychiatric unit, working with homeless teens on the streets, being an ally to the LGBTQ community, having a therapist position embedded within a job site, and working as a counselor within a Pacific NW Indian tribe. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance degree from Naropa University (1996) and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University (2006).

I enjoy continuous training on counseling therapies and techniques, and I am always learning how to deepen and expand my skills and practice so clients have better and more long lasting changes as a result. I have a particular interest in Expressive Arts modalities, Somatic work, Attachment and Relational work within counseling. My history in contemplative practices such as meditation greatly inform my perspective on emotional healing, and I often find that my clients are greatly benefited by developing a daily practice to compliment their psychotherapy.

I find so many aspects of Psychology utterly fascinating! You will find that a lot of what I am reading will enter our conversations, and will hopefully become useful tools for your healing work. 

While our work together will be focused totally on you, I find that clients want to know more about the person they are entrusting with their story. I am happy to answer any questions you might have so that you can feel comfortable and able to progress and grow with even more confidence.

Here is a smattering of sources of inspiration I like to offer clients:

RadioLab podcasts

Invisibilia podcasts

Pema Chodron books

Tara Brach You Tube videos

Oliver Sachs books

Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix

Wired for Love by Stan Tatkin

Attached by Aaron Levine, MD

Poems by Mary Oliver

The Telltale Brain by VS Ramachandran

The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio

Individual Therapy

I draw from an eclectic background of professional dance, choreography, meditation and contemplative meditation studies. I utilize these diverse approaches as needed. I find that different issues and temperaments often call for flexibility in my approach. Some clients need a therapist who will listen and provide space for them to "just talk" while others prefer an "advice-giver" or "lots of conversation." I will support you, and also challenge you with humor and grace. I will often bring up articles I am reading, Ted talks, podcasts or other tools to discuss as a way to help you with your therapy goals.

My Specialties

I believe you are the expert of yourself, and I am simply the expert of the change you want to achieve.

I work from an attachment-based perspective, and use my knowledge of neurobiology and mindful self-compassion to help you make sense of the patterns you may be unintentionally repeating in your life and may be causing pain for you and the people you care about. I am able to help you if you are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship conflicts, troubling thoughts or chronic pain. As a particular area of interest, I especially enjoy helping people recover from injuries of growing up with a Narcissistic or self-absorbed parent.

In our therapy and counseling work together, we will uncover your ideas of health and happiness and help you move toward them with confidence and ease. We will use the tools of mindfulness, recognizing unhelpful patterns driven by anxiety or depression, and revealing old hurts with kindness. You will be able to let go of unhelpful patterns and habits you may have developed to cope that are no longer helping you to manage difficult feelings or circumstances. You will learn to successfully address and diminish old coping skills or fears to regain your balance, hope and energy again. You will learn to recognize your Inner Critic as separate from who you actually are, and how to resolve its negative influence for good.

I use the tools of Mindfulness, knowledge of Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, Solution Focused Brief Treatment and DBT, Expressive Arts techniques as well as a humanistic, collaborative therapy style to help move you closer to your goals.  I have trained in EMDR, and somatic psychotherapy as well. I am very enthusiastic about training and deepening my skills by learning new approaches and techniques. I find that all of these perspectives hold a piece of the psychological puzzle, and learning a wide variety of tools helps me apply them even more precisely and effectively in our work together.

I will inquire what works for each client and will accommodate their style of learning and growth. Early in the therapy, goals and intentions will be identified. I then help guide my clients in accessing new strengths and learning new skills to quiet anxieties and reduce stress and fears. Helping clients apply these skills and see the world open up to them is my passion and motivation for practicing psychotherapy.

In our work together, you will begin to see how there is hope in any difficult situation, as well as learn to create deeper connections and meaning in your everyday life.  My hope is that you will learn skills and tools that will last a lifetime. I will help counsel you in such issues as:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse issues
  • Conflict in relationships
  • Disordered Eating
  • Mood Disorders
  • Self Hatred and Shame
  • Lack of focus
  • Fears
  • Parenting/Coparenting/Stepparenting
  • Addictions
  • Women's Issues
  • PTSD
  • Injuries from Narcissistic family members
  • Chronic pain

Forms & Policies

All of the King Therapy Associates Practice Policies, Privacy Statement, Consent to Treatment and Financial Policies will be sent to you once you schedule into my calendar. All of my policies are included in this initial paperwork which you will simply sign electronically. Within these policies are the list of questions to ask your insurance company. You will be expected to print out and bring the Insurance information with you to your first session.

Making Appointments

Karen's practice is currently full, but she can help you find a good match with another therapist at King Therapy Associates. You may schedule online immedicately with the King Therapy counselor of your choice by scheduling online through the New Client Schedule Now button found on their profile page. 

King Therapy provides ease of scheduling through an online calendar that allows you to control your own schedule. This means you can see the openings in each clinician's schedule for the next few months and simply put yourself in at a time that works for you. You can also reschedule and cancel appointments online, without having to play phone tag or miss available appointments while awaiting a response. Our policy is that once you become a client of King Therapy Associates, you will be in charge of managing all of your appointments on our online calendar system, so we may focus on your clinical needs.


Karen accepts most major insurance plans, and is also able to see clients through Out of Network benefits on the few plans that are not open to LMHC's in private practice. Did you know that sometimes out of network benefits can be even better than in-network? Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Be sure to contact your insurance company and find out the details of what is covered. Ultimately, you are responsible for the session fee if your insurance company does not cover the cost of therapy. When you schedule via the website, you will enter your insurance details and information and be guided on what exactly to ask your insurance company before your first appointment.

Click here to see a list of questions to gather details required of your plan from your insurance provider, or click here for a more interactive guide.

Insurances accepted by Karen King:
Group Health (PPO)
Premera Out of Network
United Healthcare
​Washington Teamsters ...and more.

*Karen King is not accepting new Molina clients at this time. 


Cash, check and major credit cards (except Amercian Express and Discover) are accepted for payment. You may also use your Health Savings card. We do not accept payments from 3rd parties for sessions, due to confidentiality. If your parent, friend or family member is paying for your session, you will need to have them reimburse you while you pay us directly.

Cancelation Policy

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session. The exception to this is if there is an emergency or illness. (A work schedule or childcare change does not constitute an emergency.) If you no show, insurance will not be billed for your session, and you will be responsible for the full fee.