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Karla Wolf, LPC

“Sometimes I wrestle with my demons, Sometimes we just snuggle.”

         It can be hard to get rid of the demons inside of us, perhaps because they were holding us when nobody else did. What if, instead of getting rid of them, we can learn to love them. I believe that our wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of ourself but by inviting in ALL parts of ourself, which all want to play a positive role in who we are. To help you reach this goal of wholeness I work primarily from the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model (parts work). This model utilizes both the client’s and therapist’s inner capacities for curiosity, compassion and courage to support your journey.

         It is gratifying for me to accompany you on your counseling journey. I was drawn to counseling because I love stories and how they connect us. And I love working with people. I think everyone’s story is unique and each person has their own abilities and wisdom to find their way, develop the tools they need to be an anchor for themselves and their loved ones. I am honored to support you on this journey. Whether you need help in navigating your relationship with yourself or other significant people in your life, we will find a way together.

        I use Compassionate Communication or Non Violent Communication (NVC) to resolve conflict and facilitate communication in your relationships. As Marshall Rosenburg (developer of NVC) said, “Every criticism,  judgment, blame and expression of anger is the tragic expression of an unmet need.” We will work together so that everyones’ unmet needs can be expressed and met.

          I will also invite you to question beliefs you hold that may be causing you suffering and encourage you to notice the ways you are already supported. I find that gratitude can be a wonderful antidote to resentments.

           All of us have had some traumas in our life. If you have current or past traumas that you would like to resolve, I offer EMDR therapy in addition to IFS, NVC and mindfulness. My overall counseling approach draws on the modalities I have learned and practiced and on your wisdom about yourself and your life and needs.  I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and have over 20 years of counseling experience. I have worked with adults, teens, parents and couples addressing issues of trauma, PTSD, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, relationships, anger, addiction, co-dependency, separation/divorce & parenting.

         I bring a social justice perspective to my work and will support you in recognizing the ways oppression and related traumas have affected your sense of self and well-being. In my own life, I have learned a lot about myself, and my vulnerabilities and strengths, through partnerships and parenting, and through embracing the demons in myself and finding healing. I love being with friends and family, being outdoors, finding solace in nature and playing with my 2 dogs and 2 cats. My counseling style is compassionate, down to earth, casual, and warm. I love working with people and I learn from each of you every day.

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness can we be present with the darkness of others.”
Pema Chodron

Specialties & Areas of Focus 

  • Couples
  • Teens
  • Trauma
  • Parenting 

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