Vipassana Therapists Directory

Karen Sprinkel, MA, SEP
Sex: Female; MFT 45775
154 Santa Clara Ave #4 Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 918-8424 fax (510) 291-8811

www.karensprinkel.com
Fee scale: not specified

DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE

Each individual is the ultimate teacher to themselves. I use an integrative and interactive approach to therapy where I view the therapeutic relationship as teacher-student, and student-teacher. I act as a witness to the process and offer guidance and techniques to help one attain the life they want to live with ease and wisdom. Different modalities and techniques I use are: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); SE (Somatic Experiencing); EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique); Existential/Spiritual Exploration; and Systemic/Systems.
VIPASSANA MEDITATION BACKGROUND

A significant part of my life was my time living in Asia. I finished my masters degree researching the impact of trauma, and the different approaches to heal from trauma from violent crime in SE Asia and the US. I was so impacted by my research abroad that I returned to Asia for many years. I spent one year in Nepal, India and Tibet, and then lived in Thailand for 7 years. My time in Asia formed a critical part of who I am and how I view the world and healing today. I use meditation in therapy to help one become the authentic self in all they do. I encourage reflection on how ones behavior and actions affect others, and how one's reaction and emotions, are a choice one makes based on their own beliefs. I believe in the mind- body connection, and as such, will recommend meditation, and encourage clients to rule out any medical conditions and recommend natural approaches to wellness when necessary.

RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Ive been practicing psychotherapy for over 18 years. I am licensed to practice therapy in both California and Washington. I have a very diverse background of experience that helps me relate to all areas of life my clients bring to me. Ive worked as a clinician at Clearwater Clinic and Assessment Services in Oakland, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims, in Washington state. I was Director of Guidance and Counseling at Dulwich International College, Phuket, Thailand, as well as had a private practice in Phuket for 7 years. Ive worked as a Manager of Clinical Administration at United Behavioral Health, as well as worked as the Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement at East Bay Agency for Children.