Karen Peabody, LICSW/Owner
The goal is to provide an attentive environment that produces personal growth and wholeness.
I started my career in a Street Outreach team for the homeless population in Cambridge and Somerville, MA. This experience brought me face to face with what addiction, mental health, poverty and social structure can do to a person. This job provided me with the education to begin my journey to trying to understand substance abuse. It also introduced me to some of the most wonderful, creative and inspiring people. I was hooked. For the next several years I worked in many areas of social services all focusing around the needs of substance abusing clients. In 2002 I made the decision to return to school to complete a Master's Degree in Social Work from Simmons College. Upon graduation in 2005 I began my career as a social worker specializing in substance abuse. I have lead several group practices to support people in Suboxone Treatment and Women with Dual Diagnosis Issues. I have also maintained a private practice for the last 9 years to treat people struggling with addiction issues. I look forward to continue to grow my practice and introducing new ideas for treatment protocol for opioid dependence.
I am a Integrative Psychotherapist, which means I utilize a variety of orientations and therapies, according to the client's individual needs. I work with clients from a strength-based, positive and affirming perspective. I often refer to a motivational interview style, narrative therapy approach, brief solution-focused techniques in my group settings. In the beginning of treatment with high risk individuals we focus on relapse prevention to construct a solid foundation for further complex treatment. In addition, I work collaboratively with numerous medication prescribers in the community to provide for a comprehensive treatment plan.
In addition to my substance abuse work, I with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, other mental health disorders, unresolved emotional issues, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss, relationship/family concerns, and trauma.