About Karen

Certified Professional Counselor

I am an American, living in Milan, Italy since 2008.

I am a Certified Professional Counselor, working with ex-pats (individuals, couples and young adults), helping them develop more effective communication and coping strategies, to better manage interpersonal challenges and embrace the changes in their lives.

I am a member of the American Counseling Association and AssoCounseling, in Italy.

I understand that life as an ex-pat can be challenging and that anxiety, self doubt and overwhelm can make you feel like you are struggling to get by. I’ve learned that facing new parenthood far from home requires education, perspective and support. I know that inter-cultural relationships have their own brand of hurdles and that parenthood for cross-cultural families can sometimes leave both parents feeling adrift.

Since 2018 I also work as a Student Counselor at Bocconi University in the Department of Campus Life – Counseling & Self-Empowerment. I counsel students ranging from first-year Bachelors up through PhDs on a wide variety of academic, adjustment and interpersonal issues to help them develop more effective and efficient study habits, address communication and cultural challenges, and establish a greater sense of personal and academic balance in their university experience.


Some of My Specializations

Anxiety and Stress Management

All of us experience feeling anxious at one point or another.

Expatriation and Cultural Adjustment

Whether you are a seasoned ex-pat having previously lived abroad...

Intercultural Relationship Issues

When two people from different cultures come together...

Pregnancy and New Parenthood

Are you getting ready to have a baby, or have you recently become a parent?

Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Adolescence is hard. Period. And sometimes the stresses, struggles...

Student Life

University life is full of exciting changes and new experiences.