About Karine

Karine Ivy, MA, LPC, NCC received her Masters degree from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Roosevelt University with an emphasis in Trauma. She completed her internship experience at the Will County Public Health Department in the Child and Adolescent Unit, where she worked with many, diverse at-risk youth. During this time, she worked with individuals and families around challenges including, but not limited to, depression and anxiety, mood instability, various life transitions, and trauma. Prior to her internship, Karine had the privilege of co-facilitating a self-esteem group for adolescents and young adults at a private practice for more than 5 years. Additionally, Karine worked closely with women of all ages, struggling with eating disorders and trauma at a residential facility.

Karine enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family, whom she cherishes very much. Exploring different parts of Chicago and trying foods from different cultures are two of her favorite activities. She also enjoys hobbies such as reading, drawing, singing, playing video games, and of course, catching up on her latest Netflix shows

Karine’s Approach to Therapy

I would describe my style of therapy as warm, authentic, and collaborative. While I tend to come from a client-centered and strengths-based approach, I recognize that every person is unique, each with their own background and personal set of challenges. As such, I carefully tailor my interventions based on the client’s given situation, utilizing evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). As someone who is relational, I find that the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client is most important. It is my belief that building a solid, trusting relationship helps increase treatment success.

Overall, I recognize how difficult it can be to take the steps toward seeking out a therapist, regardless of the reason that brought you. Life can be challenging in many ways and can be difficult to navigate alone. I take great care in providing a safe environment for my clients to explore their lives and various obstacles in a nonjudgmental way. Building a trusting, therapeutic relationship is what I find most enjoyable about my work as a therapist. I feel honored to be a part of my client’s journey.

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