Karen Tenreiro helps people uncover and integrate the unacknowledged, but deeply felt, parts of themselves, often hidden within their suffering. 

 

 

As symptoms begin to subside, these parts can be felt, addressed, and healed through psychotherapy. Though not always a comfortable process, it's quite necessary for improving relationships and finding greater happiness. 

 

For the past 17 years, Karen has worked with individuals who come to her feeling stuck and scared, or angry and misunderstood, as well as with other professionals interested in the mind-body connection. Starting with her graduate study at Widener University under psychoanalytically-trained, creative minds, she began to work with underserved children and families in intensive treatment programs. In 2000, she started her dissertation focusing on a personal interest of hers: eating disorders and type 1 diabetics. The following year, she interned at an inpatient eating disorder unit in a Philadelphia hospital. Since then, she’s immersed herself in this specialty. She has found it both challenging and rewarding to work along with people as they grow toward a fulfilling and complex sense of self.

 

Since 2002, she has been working with diabetics who struggle with all types of eating disorders. Because food digestion is at the heart of this medical diagnosis, body and food issues can easily arise. Karen’s unique understanding of the treatment and physical experiences of diabetes help her communicate with doctors and diabetes educators, as well as nutritionists.

 

Recently, she has taken an interest in talking to parents and educators about eating disorder prevention. Rather than focusing on food and weight, Karen feels that prevention starts with understanding children's development and the formation of their core sense of self. Eating disorders are simply a way that people attempt to cope with uncomfortable feelings when they know of no other way to do so. She is currently designing an informative and dynamic talk, centered around what parents and educators can do to assist their children and students.