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 are 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 see adolescents, individuals, couples and families.
I am a Couples & Marriage Specialist: I am highly trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT.) I have completed many years of clinical training in EFT and have helped many couples regain closeness and improve their communication. EFT is clinically proven to help couples who have become alienated by negative interaction cycles. I am an active member of Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (CCEFT) and the International chapter (ICEEFT). You can learn more about EFT here: What is EFT? I am also an active member of NW Lake County EFT Therapist Peer Group. I show every couple I see this video to help them understand the work I do. You can view it here: EFT VIDEO

I also have extra training working with adolescents. In my previous training as a school social worker I enjoyed counseling teens and leading groups. I also worked with adolescents for many years at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, which provided me the opportunity to address a broad range of mental health issues.

Treatment Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Couples Conflict
  • 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 highly trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is scientifically proven to help couples recover from distress and become happier in their relationship. I also have extra training 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 are 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.

Experience

I have many years experience counseling Individuals, Couples and families here at Cherry Hill counseling.

I have previous experience counseling teens while working at a high school as a school social worker and have substitute taught high school. I also worked for many years at a Behavioral Health Hospital here in Illinois. I have lead groups for those with depression, anxiety, self-injury, mood disorders, chemical dependency and addiction in an adult evening Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) that was 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 women in a weekly women’s group through BSF international.

Education

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in counseling – Cum Laude – Trinity International University.
  • Master of School Social Work – Aurora University.

Affiliations/Memberships

  • National Association of Social Work (NASW)
  • The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (CCEFT)
  • Active member of the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) N.W. Lake County Therapist Peer Group
  • Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Trinity International University

Certificates

  • 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 For over 30 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.