Supervisor Spotlight: Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart, LCSW, CAC, is a mental health specialist, mentor and supervisor specializing in the field of humanitarian aid. A unique voice in the field, Karen began her career as a certified addiction counselor, focused on helping those with substance use disorders. She spent time in a variety of settings, working with a variety of populations: from community mental health to residential facilities; inpatient and out;  assisting individuals and groups, including those with severe and persistent mental illness to providing psychiatric emergency work. Additionally, she spent over 15 years working as a mental health professional for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). 

Today, Karen specializes in mentoring and supervising mental health professionals who are considering humanitarian work abroad, currently engaged in humanitarian work abroad or who will be returning to the United States and in need of a supervisor who understands the delicate nature of re-entry. 

To get to know Karen more personally, watch her speak below: 

Karen, who also works as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, is passionate about educating and passing down lessons learned from her own experience in the field. A favorite quote from Richard Leider: The purpose of life is a life of purpose,” reflects her values and mission helping other mental health professionals realize their dreams. 

Think Karen might be the perfect supervisor for you?

We’d love to introduce you to Karen through a free, 30-minute video call. Click here to let us know if you’re interested in connecting with her or one of our Motivo team members.

Emily Donahue

Emily Donahue

Emily Donahue holds a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. She works as a limited permit therapist at a private practice in Brooklyn, earning her clinical and supervision hours for full licensure. She has a special interest in women and alcohol use and her dream is to meet Irvin Yalom one day.

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