“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ― Rumi
Karen Booth is a Program and Eating Disorder Therapist for Visions Health and Wellness Center in West Los Angeles. Karen specializes in eating disorders, addictions, and mental health and has over ten years of experience working in various levels of care for adult and adolescent treatment settings.
Karen has been part of the Visions community since January 2017. Karen started as the Eating Disorder Specialist servicing all clients with disordered eating and/or body image issues. Karen worked at our Dual Diagnosis Residential facility as a Primary Individual and Family Therapist for a year before moving into her current role at our Health and Wellness Center. She continues to work closely with our eating disorder team and feels inspired to help clients have a healthier relationship to food and their bodies.
Prior to joining Visions, Karen treated eating disorders, body image issues, and an array of psychiatric conditions in Santa Barbara at Central Coast Treatment Center and Crescend Health. For more than 3 years, she worked with homeless families at Raphael House of San Francisco. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Karen has worked primarily with adolescents and young adults at Rosewood Santa Monica, Avalon Malibu, La Ventana, Destinations to Recovery, and The Haven at College. Karen has a private practice in West Los Angeles, where she supports young adults and teens in their recovery process. Karen graduated from Antioch University, Santa Barbara, with her Masters in Clinical Psychology and received her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Karen has a passion for helping clients learn to love and believe in themselves. What fulfills her professionally is seeing when each client surrenders to the process, opens up, and finally recognizes that they are worth it. Her superpower is being authentic, genuine, and sincere – what you see is what you get. Karen believes it is important to help clients understand the purpose that their unhealthy behaviors served them while building new coping skills to live a healthier life. Karen’s therapeutic style is warm, compassionate, fun, and direct. She uses a comprehensive and holistic approach, drawing from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies.
By day, you can find Karen connecting with clients, finding new ways to instill hope and be creative with her therapeutic approach, or running, hiking, cooking or exploring different parts of LA. At night, Karen is usually out enjoying incredible food experiences with family and friends, relaxing at home, doing yoga, or attending concerts.