Karen is an experienced public speaker, workshop leader, instructor and published author. She is a dual Canadian/British citizen who grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada, got her B.A., trained as a teacher and taught school in Toronto. She moved to Calgary, Alberta, returned to University and in 1991 became a chartered clinical psychologist counselling individuals and couples. In 1995 she moved to England. For eleven years, she taught graduate level business students, corporate executives, and worked as a freelance management consultant with projects across Western Europe, the Middle East and Far East. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta.
She loves to travel – in addition to work assignments that took her to many countries, her desire to broaden her outlook on life and the world also led her to Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, the Czech Republic, Peru, and South Korea.
In addition to writing, her interests now are the place of women in society, upscale abuse and what keeps women in abusive situations. She is on the Board of Sagesse, formerly the Peer Support Services for Abused Women in Calgary, Alberta, leads groups for women in the process of leaving abusive relationships and is a member of a federally-funded Women’s Community Advisory Committee, sponsored through the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter in Calgary, that is studying the barriers women face when leaving abusive relationships.
She is the author of two books, Consulting into the Future, 2002, and her latest book, The Full Catastrophe, 2016, a memoir of her two marriages, widowhood, Jungian analysis, healing and learning to live again after trauma. This Fall, and in the Spring of 2017, in addition to giving talks on healing from domestic abuse, she is teaching memoir courses for people who have difficult stories to tell, at the Alexandra Writers Centre in Calgary.