Kari Keller Becker, Ph.D.
Assistant Director - Clinical Services
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- M.A., Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- Graduate Certificate – Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- B.A., Psychology, Criminology & Law Studies, Marquette University
License and Certification
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, No. 37209
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
I take an overarching feminist and person-centered approach to therapy. I draw from relational-cultural therapy (RCT) and emotion-focused techniques. My interests include issues impacting women, identity development and expression, trauma and sexual assault, relationship issues, and family of origin concerns.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
When it comes to multiculturalism and diversity, I am constantly stretching and growing. I continuously challenge myself to recognize the way I am impacted by my environment, and furthermore how my environment is impacted by me and my identities. As general practice, I especially try to take note of the privileges I carry and how I am using my power. It has been amazing for me to engage in this process with others who hold different identities. As a feminist, I am especially passionate about gender identity and expression and have provided a number of trainings on gender and issues impacting women, such as sexual assault and domestic violence. I also care deeply about working with clients on issues related to sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and ability.
Approach to Supervision
I take a feminist approach in my supervision and clinical work, which can be strongly characterized by a focus on the relationship, culture, and power. I strive to empower supervisees to take ownership of their supervision and growth, and I enjoy walking alongside them on this journey. Supervisory sessions with me are often rich with discussions of culture, specifically with attention to our privileged identities. I believe cultural context is paramount to our understanding of ourselves as well as our clients. I focus supervision sessions on the supervisee as a whole person, not just a clinician, and conversations tend to be informal, genuine, reflective, and respectful. There is also usually a lot of laughter!
When I’m not at work, I enjoy traveling, attending music festivals and concerts, eating cheese, working on puzzles, rooting for the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with friends, family, and my dog!