Vice President and Clinical Supervisor, LCS Integrative Counseling & Consulting
Karin is the Vice President and Clinical Supervisor of LCS Integrative Counseling & Consulting. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Supervisor for the State of Florida. Karin received her Doctoral degree in Counselor Education in 2017 from the University of Florida. Previously, Karin received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialization in Mental Health from the University of Florida. Incorporating multicultural, holistic, and narrative approaches, Karin sees clients of all ages and backgrounds, with specializations in working with children and teenagers dealing with relational conflict, adults coping with stage of life changes, and the impact of significant life transitions on the family system. Karin’s professional focuses have included peer/relational issues, family roles and transition, attachment, self-esteem, body image, spirituality, identity development, and counselor competence. As an adoptive mother herself, Karin is passionate about providing support to adoptive families at all stages of the process and building a local adoption community. Karin has also received training in the Enneagram, a personality typology system that she regularly incorporates into the therapeutic process to deepen self-awareness and facilitate personal and relational growth and healing. In addition to her role as a counselor and supervisor, Karin also enjoys writing, speaking, and presenting for local, national, and online audiences. Karin believes that connection is crucial for a healthy, fulfilling life, and she is passionate about helping others experience community and relationship.
Session Title: From Contempt to Compassion: Using the Enneagram to Deepen Understanding and Build Connection
Track: Personal Growth
Description: In our current cultural climate, contempt is a common emotional reaction to people with ideas, values, and backgrounds that differ from our own. We are different. Pretending otherwise is not honoring to our uniqueness or our individual and collective stories. But to simply know we are different is not enough. We need to honor our differences by growing in compassion and building genuine connections.
In this session, I will discuss how the Enneagram, an ancient personality typology that encompasses nine ways of seeing and responding to the world, can be used to deepen understanding of ourselves and others. By addressing the unique and valuable motivations of each type rather than focusing on behaviors, the Enneagram challenges us to go beneath the surface and acknowledge the dignity and potential of all people. We will consider questions such as, “Why do I continue to react in ways that I know are hurtful or unproductive?” and “Who in my life is the hardest for me to show compassion?”
By presenting a basic overview of the nine types, my hope is that each person who attends will walk out feeling more understood and more understanding, particularly of those who are the hardest for us to move toward. In a world full of contempt, let’s strive to choose compassion.