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In our first episode of Season 4, I speak with Counselor and Registered Social Worker, Karen Turnock. Karen provides strategies on how we can pause, acknowledge, and embrace our own mental health—whatever state it may be—as we head back into this school year. Part discussion, part interview, part therapy session, Karen provides an open and safe space for us to dive deep into the mental health challenges working moms have faced over that past year and a half. 

About Karen

For 20 years Karen Turnock has provided counselling services to women facing unexpected or difficult life circumstances. Much of this work has been in health care settings working with women at all stages of life

 She is a Registered Social Worker with a Clinical Specialization in good standing with the Alberta College of Social Work. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and her Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Calgary.

 ​Karen specializes in working with Women’s Issues and have a Certification in Maternal Mental Health as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma.  She enjoys keeping up to date on the most effective therapeutic interventions including CBT for anxiety and mood changes, grief counselling, Gordon Neufeld’s Attachment/Developmental approach as well as connection-based models for parenting and relationship issues.

On a personal note, Karen is a mama of two fabulous daughters and has been married for over 15 years.  She was born and raised on the prairies and feels at my best when she gets outside into open spaces. 

Connect with Karen


IG: @karen.turnock.counselling


Alberta Mental Health 24/7 Confidential Line: 1-877-303-2642

Book: What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Whinfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry

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