Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A)

Email: karen@restorationcounseling.fr

Website: www.restorationcounseling.fr

About Me
Hello! Iím Karen Kimmons and Iím an American Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with a Masterís degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as over 18 years living abroad in Africa and Europe. My office is in a beautiful renovated Chateau in Nantes where you can enjoy quiet and peace. I also provide telehealth sessions via a secure HIPAA and GDPR-compliant video conferencing platform. I founded the private practice, Restoration Counseling in Nantes, France to provide support for expats, international students, refugees as well as offering telehealth support and week-long residential intensives for expat non-profit workers living in Europe and North Africa.

Therapeutic Approach

I offer a holistic, evidence-based and solution-focused approach to counseling which is trauma-informed. Holistic, because I believe that mental health should not be addressed in a vacuum. Physical health, relationships, trauma history, development, and many other factors contribute to mental wellness. Evidence-Based, because I see it as part of my ethical duty to stay up-to-date on the most recent research in psychology and mental health to provide professional care backed by scientific research. Solution-Focused, because I believe that true change is possible, and to get there, we need to have a plan.
Therapy is currently provided in English, though I do accept some clients with French as a second language. If this is your case, feel free to contact me for a free 15-minute consultation to see if weíre the right fit.

  • MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) intern at Pacific Clinics in California in the outpatient program with children, adults and families with moderate to severe mental health disorders
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, existential therapy, and solution-focused therapy
  • Training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Certified as an apprentice facilitator in trauma healing groups by the Trauma Healing Institute
    Certified in Tele-mental-health counseling
  • Training in the use of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) in trauma and addiction groups
  • Professional Member, American Counseling Association

Weekly ongoing supervision and consultation by Deena Shelton, PhD, LPC-S, ACS

Please feel free to contact me at: or email karen@restorationcounseling.fr

Visit my website: www.restorationcounseling.fr