Karen Robbins, MSW, LCSW

Vernon Hills

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Personal Statement

We are all on a personal journey. Life can feel difficult and overwhelming at times. I am passionate about helping you where you’re at within the context of a safe therapeutic environment. Have you had feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, or depression? Or are you feeling stuck, wondering about life and where you fit in? Maybe you’re struggling in a relationship or marriage? I understand these struggles and want to help.

Who I Serve

I enjoy working with adolescents, young adults, couples and adults. Before joining Cherry Hill I counseled teens and led groups at a high school as a school social worker. I also currently work at a local behavioral health hospital, providing me the opportunity to address a broad range of mental health issues. My hospital work includes leading school meetings, where I staff students back to school who have finished our program at the hospital. I have also lead mixed groups of adults, teens and young adults who have mood disorders, depression, self-injury and anxiety.

Treatment Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • High Functioning Autism
  • Impulse Control
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Self Injury
  • School Refusal and Anxiety

Therapeutic Approach

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness techniques, Hope and Brief Therapies and keep up to date on current research methods. My treatment approach varies depending on the needs of my clients. I am committed to building rapport and trust with each client, meeting them where they’re at emotionally, and setting goals based on their needs. My goal is to create an environment where clients feel safe and supported during the therapy process.


I have counseled teens in high school as a school social worker along with leading therapeutic groups. I have also substitute taught high school. More recently I have worked at a Behavioral Health Hospital. My job includes staffing children and teen patients back to school who have been inpatient and or who have participated in our 4-6 week intensive outpatient programs. (PHP) I have also lead groups for those with depression, anxiety, self-injury, mood disorders, chemical addiction and gambling in an adult evening PHP program that is run through the hospital.

Other previous training and experience include DCFS training at One Hope United in Waukegan where I received a broad range of experience helping struggling families, counseling individuals, couples and case management. I also had brief training in the sexual assault predator department and assisted with DUI meetings at Lake County Judicial Court department. My volunteer work has included leading and mentoring in a weekly women’s group in BSF international.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in counseling – Cum Laude – Trinity International University.
  • Master of School Social Work – Aurora University.


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • National Association of Social Work (NASW)
  • The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (CCEFT)
  • Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Trinity International University


  • Ethics Certificate: National Institute of Health (NIH) “Protecting Human Research Participants” Web based training course.
  • Mandated Reporter Training: Department of Children and Family Services

About me

I have been happily married to my husband Tim for 28 years. We have two daughters and two dogs. We have been active members of a local church, and involved in our community. I enjoy cooking, baking, bike riding, singing, swimming, gardening, wine tasting and traveling.