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ABOUT DR. KAREN BOORTZ

THERAPY APPROACH

Karen provides creative and evidence-based therapy.  She is passionate in supporting adolescents and adults to find their inherent strength, wisdom and resilience.  She believes in the power of creating a comfortable and honest therapeutic relationship with the use of genuineness and humor.   Life can be full of demands, stress and turbulent times, she is honored to help you sort through these to determine your personal path for growth based on your goals, motivations and readiness for change. 

 

Karen’s approach is humanistic in nature and strongly rooted in cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches (CBT and DBT).  She also draws on mindfulness-based training and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to offer concrete skills and practical strategies in areas such as emotion regulation, distress tolerance, boundary setting, effective communication, positive self-talk, values clarification and assertiveness. 

 

Karen has specific expertise in Anxiety disorders, Shame based challenges, Teen struggles, Life transitions, Relationship conflict and Eating disorders including the treatment of Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge eating disorder and Orthorexia subtypes.  She is certified in Family- Based therapy (FBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

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AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

TRAINING

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  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Emotional Dysregulation

  • Relationship Concerns

  • Stress management

  • Life Transitions

  • Shame

2006- Bachelors in Psychology from University of Minnesota - Twin cities 

2011 - Doctorate in Psychology from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University 

2013- Dialectical Behavioral Certification Training (DBT)

2018- Family Based Therapy for the treatment of Eating Disorders (FBT)

2021- Accelerated Resolution Therapy Training for the treatment of Trauma (ART)

2019 & 2023 - International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Symposium

2023 - Licensed psychologist

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