Karen Shepard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois. She has worked in social services for over twenty years, beginning her career serving children and adults involved in the foster care system. For the last twelve years Karen has worked as a school social worker, providing intervention and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and young adults ages 3-22.
Karen has expertise in dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, self-injury, ADHD and emotional and behavioral disorders. Karen has vast experience working with adolescents and young adults who are cognitively or developmentally impaired as well as with children on every end of the Autism spectrum-from lower functioning, non-verbal individuals to very high-functioning intelligent children with Asperger’s.
Karen’s therapy style can be best described as empathetic and empowering; she believes in focusing on clients' strengths and building coping skills in order to enhance the health and well-being of those she serves.
Interesting fact: Karen truly enjoys working with kids that others find to be challenging or intimidating. “I find that these children usually have a resiliency and drive that is admirable.”
Interesting fact #2: Karen was raised in a very small rural community. Her graduating class consisted of 10 students!