About Karie

Karie has been a mental health therapist in Buffalo, NY since 2011, working with  a variety of ages, individually and in groups. She is a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT) in New York State and a nationally registered, board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board. 

Originally from Western New York, Karie attended University at Buffalo for her undergraduate degree majoring in Fine Arts with a focus on psychology.

She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

 

After returning to the Buffalo area, Karie worked for Gateway-Longview’s Behavioral Health Clinic, first as a mental health clinician and then as a clinical supervisor. She provided individual mental health counseling to children and adolescents aged 3-21, as well as adult family members, who presented with a variety of symptoms.

 

Karie provided clinical supervision to art therapists, social workers and mental health counselors. She also worked as coordinator and trainer for the agency in the model of Solution Focused Trauma Informed Care.

 

She is trained in EMDR therapy, and integrates mindfulness techniques and mind-body connection work into her practice. Karie regularly attends trainings related to trauma, attachment, neurobiology, art therapy and somatic experiences. 

 

Karie's previous work in the field includes her partnership with the Mental Health Association of Erie County providing grant-funded art therapy groups to youth throughout the area. She taught Introduction to Art Therapy as an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. Karie has also worked with survivors of domestic violence at the Kathleen Mary House providing individual art therapy to adults in the home.

Philosophy

You know what is best for you, and you have the answers. Everyone deserves time and space to figure that out, to explore and better understand their thoughts, feelings, reactions and behaviors, and to experience inner peace and joy. It is an honor to share space with someone interested in growth and healing. Karie's foundation is in trauma-informed care and strength-based approaches. Karie blends spontaneity, playfulness, creativity and psychotherapy along with evidence-based practices to promote healing. You do not have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy, and every approach does not work for every individual. Karie uses a client-centered, collaborative style to find the best way to reach treatment goals. It is important that you feel like your sessions are worth your time, effort and resources.

Contact Me

50 Gates Circle

Buffalo, NY 14209

karie.gower@gmail.com

716.226.0480

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