Karen Hardy, LCPC, CADC and Certified IFS Therapist
“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”― David Richo
I practice what I preach…I will not ask you to do anything I have not done.
I love the work that I do and helping people to realize their goals and live the life they may envision or help them envision a life they may not yet be able to.
I retired from the CT. Department of Corrections in 2011 after working as a counselor for 20 years and immediately enrolled in a Master’s program, Cambridge College in Springfield, MA, and earned a M.Ed. in counseling psychology. I moved to Maine and continued my counseling career.
Much of my work has been in the field of addiction treatment. I expanded my knowledge to include trauma treatment as I believe there is a strong correlation between the issues. I also have a strong interest in working with family members affected by a loved one’s addictive behaviors. I have personal experience with this issue and believe I can offer a unique perspective to help you if this is your experience as well.
I value the individuality of the clients I work with and strive to meet your needs by what works best for you. I recognize that therapy is a process and respect the courage it takes to reach out to another individual to assist in this process.
I believe that counseling/therapy is a process and a journey.
Our common experience in this life is trying to figure out how to get where we want to go. My philosophy about what I do as a counselor is that this is a collaborative effort; you are the expert on you and with the information you provide I will work to help you get where it is you want to ‘go’ on this journey.
Success in therapy requires:
courage resilience collaboration strength awareness perseverance
I will work with you to reach your goals
My and my family's life has been affected by addiction. I am a certified addiction counselor and have worked to help others to understand and heal from the effects. I have written a book and given a TEDx talk based on it. You can find them here if they might be helpful to you. "I can't do this anymore" book and TEDx Bismarck.
What I can do for you
I can help you work through the issues and concerns that are keeping you from living the life you desire and deserve. The time we meet together will be your time. The office space I utilize is private and I schedule to allow for time in between appointments.
Counseling can be an overwhelming experience and step to take in ones life. If you are in the process of taking that step, you are to be commended for your courage to explore your life and share it with someone new and unfamiliar. The work that can be done in counseling can be life-changing and I do hope to share that experience with you.
28 Main Street
Belgrade, Maine 04917