Karen Child Ogden, MA, LMFT is a marriage and family therapist, licensed in California and Utah. She’s been in private practice in Newport Beach for nearly two decades, and has more than a decade of clinical experience working with Dissociative Identity Disorder and integration of core fragments. Karen has also taught at Alliant International University in Irvine, CA as an adjunct instructor.
What would your clients and colleagues say is your therapist superpower?
It’s my intuition. I’ve always had a keen intuition that guides my personal life and my work. I help clients become aware of the subtle behavioral and thought patterns that contribute to their happiness or to their frustration. Therapy is a creative process for me, and I see endless ways to get to happiness and contentment.
What is the one thing that you have learned through your own therapy?
It’s been very important for me to do my own inner work and to have recent experiences of being on the other side of the couch. It can be intimidating and uncomfortable, even if you know that therapy is the right thing to do. I appreciate the bravery it takes to trust someone with your feelings.
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I worked in advertising and public relations and noticed that I was more interested in inter-office dynamics than my work. I went back to school and began helping people. I have never regretted my choice because of all that I’ve learned and for the many ways my clients have blessed my life. I can’t imagine a life without this work.
Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Utah, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to local and national publications, television and radio programs. She has spoken to and led therapy and educational groups across the country and has been involved in educating parents about the effects of technology on children for nearly 15 years.
Ogden is proud to be the co-creator and contributor of The Temptation of a Generation children’s book series—the first series to tackle the difficult topics of pornography, cell phone use, and cyberbullying. The Temptation series has been featured on national programs such as the Dr. Laura Radio Program, USA Weekend, The Mike Huckabee Radio Show, The Deseret News, The Orange County Register, and numerous others.
She has served on the Board of Directors for The Orange County High School for the Arts and for The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Karen was the Co-Executive Director for LifeSTAR Los Angeles, an addiction treatment program, and worked as a therapist for LifeSTAR Orange County.
Karen currently lives and plays in Newport Beach, CA with her four children.
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.