Dr. Dori Gatter and Associates
17 S. Highland Street
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 258-4113

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Karen Pattison, MFT

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“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” This quote by Anthony Robbins summarizes the inspiration for my work.  We all desire a healthy connectedness to our loved ones, but sometimes we find ourselves in unhealthy patterns.  Unfortunately, when those patterns take hold, we don’t always know how to put a stop to them.  I am inspired by helping others find a new way of interacting and finding hope for change. When it feels like you are stuck in your relationships with others or even in the relationship you have with yourself, it is often helpful to have some guidance to work through the difficulties.  It is my desire to offer a safe and caring setting to help you investigate your thoughts, needs and reactions within your relationships, and to help find the tools you are looking for to create a more fluid and open way of interacting.

My work focuses on cycles, patterns and responses with a desire to investigate their expression and meaning in each individual.  When we have meaning, we can grow compassion for ourselves and others.  This is the beginning of rebuilding our understanding of one another and reconstructing our relationships into healthy, fulfilling and even fun and playful connections.  I am trained in several modalities and I use a hybrid combination of Internal Family Systems Therapy in conjunction with Emotionally Focused Therapy, which I find to be a very effective combination for bringing about enduring change.  I also utilize eye-movement therapies to alleviate the symptoms of trauma, includingfear, anxiety, and depression.I work with individuals, families and couples and am inspired by helping couples to decrease reactivity to one another and improve the quality of their relationship.  I believe that resilient couples who work on their relationship can be the foundation of emotionally healthy families.  I have experience working with anxiety, depression, extremes of anger, communication breakdown, infidelity, grief and loss, major life transitions, blended families, and generational patterns.

Karen Pattison earned a BA in psychology and an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University. Karen has level-two training in Internal Family Systems Therapy from the Center for Self-Leadership in Boston, as well as training in Emotionally Focused Therapy with the model’s founder Sue Johnson, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute.  She also has training in EMDR for trauma.  Prior to her work at West Hartford Holistic Counseling Center, Karen worked with at-risk youth ages 13 to 18 who were in the care of The Department for Children and Families. She also counseled at the Franciscan Life Center working with families, couples and individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of needs.

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