Dr. Karen O’Brien

MAL with primary focus on CE Coordination

Dr. O’Brien earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at University of North Texas, where she studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She completed her internship at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Military Research Psychology at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Tacoma, Washington. There, she specialized in the integration of technology and mental health, conducting in-home telehealth as well as Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy. Dr. O’Brien then accepted a position with the Walla Walla VA Medical Center as PTSD/SUD Psychologist, where she worked in a both residential and outpatient settings, served as Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Coordinator, and was a member of the Internship Training Committee. In 2016, she began working at Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center. Dr. O’Brien considers herself an ACT Therapist and also has experience with Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Behavioral Activation for Depression, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Special interests include supervision and training, the growing body of self-compassion literature, and any topic pertaining to an acceptance and mindfulness-based approach to treatment of a wide range of diagnoses and psychological concerns.

During non-work hours, Dr. O’Brien enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs, reading fiction of many kinds, exploring trails at local parks, and dabbling in photography.

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