Karen Kallis is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist, and a Certified Positive Discipline educator for children, adolescents and families. She specializes in play therapy, childhood social and behavior issues, grief and loss, depression, anger and anxiety in children and adolescents. She provides compassionate support to move her clients to a place of peace and joy within the family unit. She believes strongly in empowering through encouragement as she helps clients gain awareness to reframe negative thinking. Through nonjudgmental and compassionate support, she helps clients overcome challenges with courage to gain effective coping skills to allow life to be more manageable. She strives to help all feel capable and significant, connect to others through their strengths, and grow in positive ways to create meaningful lives.

Karen works closely with parents by offering effective strategies and providing resources that are practical and logical. Her work includes over 12 years of counseling experience in private practice, schools and churches with diverse needs. She has led numerous parenting workshops and growth groups for children and teenagers. Additionally, she has consulted with schools on children’s developmental needs and creative ways to approach relationships using Positive Discipline methods.

Karen provides services in the following areas:

Play Therapy

The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."Play Therapy allows children to use their most natural language. It provides children an opportunity to process their painful events and express their emotions in a way that is natural to them,. They learn new skills to respond to their challenges with resilience. Play therapists use a range of toys and art supplies to develop a warm relationship to promote healing and positive change. Children often learn appropriate emotional expression and regulation by acquiring new skills to promote self control.

Individual Therapy for Adolescents

Karen connects with older adolescents through talk and art therapy. She provides a safe and relaxing space for them to explore their emerging selves. As they meet new roles in often intense social environments, she embraces a relationship through connection and trust. She encourages them to discover their strengths to feel capable in their lives. Their partnership allows them to work through their personal challenges and transfer positive self awareness and a thoughtful approach to their environments.

Parent Consultation

An important part of the helping process is working with parents. She welcomes the opportunity to provide alternative ways of understanding and approaching the parent-child relationship to create more joyful interactions. She teaches parenting skills that are kind and firm to establish a consistent home environment. Her goal is for each member of a family to discover a sense of belonging, purpose, and significance. She is an active mom of three children and fully understands the reality behind parenting ideals. Karen works with families to consider their transitions as opportunities for growth. She helps reframe the pain to develop empowerment and resilience. Often, her clients learn to embrace their situations with courage and rediscover happiness and peace.

Karen values the strength and resilience that is inherent in each of us. She is grateful for the opportunity to help others reclaim meaning in their lives. Every relationship is contained in gratitude.

  • B.A. in Psychology from Sweet Briar College
  • M.Ed. in Counseling from Georgia State University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor #009443 in Georgia
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist
  • Certified Positive Discipline Educator