Family driven. Loyal friend. Passionate thinker. Caring listener.
Kara has a Masters of Clinical Social Work and is a member of the Canadian
Association for Child and Play Therapy and is a Certified Play Therapist. She has
received training in Theraplay© and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, both
attachment based models of intervention with children and families. She also has
additional training in attachment and complex trauma interventions.
Over the past 12 years, Kara has worked in various systems in Manitoba – child
protection, foster care, healthcare and educational settings – providing support to
children and their families. This experience has equipped her with a greater
understanding of the systemic struggles many children and families face. She takes
many different systems into account during the therapeutic assessment, namely, the relationship the client has with the many environments present in their lives and how these overall impact well-being.
Kara specializes in providing therapeutic support to children and families with extensive trauma histories, often involved in the child welfare system. Through the Giving Children Hope program offered through Manitoba Families in Transition, she has experience in providing therapeutic support to children who are coping with ongoing parental conflict as a result of separation.
Kara believes that all children and families come to therapy with many strengths that are sometimes overshadowed by hardships. Her committed, genuine, caring, honest, and non-judgmental approach guides her work and relationships with children and families. Using play, art, games, and conversation, Kara guides children and families work through hardships and relate to their struggles in a different, more empowered way.