Karina holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman's University in Denton. Karina is bilingual in English and Spanish. Her professional experience includes work with adults, adolescents, and children. She previously worked in a school setting where she provided play and activity therapy as well as group and traditional talk therapy. Karina has experience working with individuals in abusive relationships related to anger management and emotion regulation skills. Additionally, she worked for a local Denton nonprofit providing counseling to individuals of all ages who had experienced sexual, emotional, or physical trauma. Karina has also worked at the Texas Woman's University counseling clinic providing play therapy.
Karina has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children as young as 3 years old. She specializes in treating sexual, emotional, and psychological trauma, addiction, drug and alcohol relapse, impulse control, anger management, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief. Karina enjoys working with adults experiencing the stress of life transitions such as relocating for college, relationship issues, break-ups, divorce, and career changes. In her work with adolescents, she has experience treating self-esteem, self-harm, academic issues, and unhealthy relationships. She works to address improved coping and healthy relational skills. Utilizing Play Therapy, Karina works with young children with behavioral issues, ADHD, adjustment stress, family conflict, and grief. She also has experience working with the LGBTQ community and understands their unique experiences. Karina is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT integrating a Humanistic approach and Existentialism. Most recently, Karina has pursued advanced training in the utilization of DBT.
In her free time, Karina enjoys running, yoga, and traveling with her husband and daughter. Karina has volunteered with the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and a community center in Denton tutoring and reading with students.