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Karen Peninger graduated with a B.S in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2003. In 2011, Karen graduated with an M. Ed in Counseling from the University of North Texas. She holds license number 79391 as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. She is practicing under the supervision of Penny Haight, LPC-S. Karen is also Certified by the State of Texas as a Certified School Counselor. She has been a full time school counselor for 11 years.
Karen's areas of special training and expertise include working with children who struggle with social skills, social thinking, and social communication. This includes working with children with individuals who are on the higher end of the Autism Spectrum, individuals with ADHD and ADD and others that may struggle socially. She is trained to help with challenging behaviors that need targeted behavior modification techniques. She enjoys helping children build relationships with family and friends and helping them navigate social situations. Karen works with parents on how to approach difficult situations with their child while maintaining mutual respect. She enjoys talking through how to "parent" through transitions and adversity such as loss, divorce, and other changes in the home so that parents are prepared with tools and language to navigate these situations.
Karen’s experience includes working at the DFW Center for Autism, In-Home ABA therapy, 3 years as a special education teacher for young students with severe behavior challenges. She is in her 11th year as a Pk- 8th grade School Counselor.
During the course of treatment, Karen may use a variety of techniques and approaches. She has been trained in play, art, and sandtray therapy. Her approach to therapy is integrative, meaning that she draws on theory and interventions from a few schools of thought in order to most effectively address client’s concerns. She most commonly draws upon Adlerian Theory, Applied Behavior Analysis, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the principles of Play Therapy. When working with parents, Karen will also utilize and share Positive Discipline theory and techniques.
Karen truly feels that the greatest work she does, is helping parents and children develop Adler’s “ 4 Crucial Cs”. That they feel Connected, Capable, have Courage, and know that they Count!
As a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Karen is able to present Parenting the Positive Discipline Way to schools, churches, and business. Email [email protected] for more information.