Karla received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of TX at Arlington, her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Liberty University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
She began working with families and individuals in 1987 through Baylor Hospital's Eating Disorders Program in Dallas, TX. Her medical social work experiences include ER, Hospice, dialysis, chronic illness, and treatment/discharge planning at Southern Regional Hospital. In 2003, her focus shifted to a full-time private practice in Stockbridge, GA with Keystone Counseling Center. She began working with children, adolescents, and adults assisting with anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, trauma, abuse survivors, adjustment, ADHD/Behavior, and spiritual issues. In 2007, Karla established Crosspointe Counseling Center in Jackson, GA and became trained and involved with several community agencies assisting in disaster and trauma. She became an active member in the Butts County Mounted Search & Rescue Team, Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), Amateur Radio Team (KJ4TVP), and the GA Critical Incident Stress Management Team (GCISF). She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the National Association of Social Workers. Karla has provided services to Clayton, Henry, Spalding, Butts, Lamar, and Jasper County Probate Courts for the past 10 years by assisting with psychiatric evaluations for guardianship and/or conservatorship. She has worked closely through the years with teachers, school counselors, and other healthcare professionals for continuity of care.
Karla's therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Experiential techniques. She has received training in EMDR and Animal Assited Therapy. Max, a registered Emotional Support Animal, wan an intricate part of the therapy team at Crosspointe Counseling. Karla is certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through OK Corral and enjoys using the horses therapeutically as well as recreationally. Besides riding, Karla also enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, geocaching, attending church activities, and spending time with her three grown children and their families.