My Story

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Karen R. Burke  |  (512) 947-9880

Thanks for reading my story. It should give you an overall picture of who I am and where I have been!

My story begins in Houston, Texas, where I was born and raised. I currently live with my family in Austin. I have always been curious about how people work and what makes them happy. I am a solution-oriented person who loves to help support others in living the best version of themselves. 


My B.A. in Psychology is from The University of Texas at Austin. From there, I entered and worked in the corporate world until it was obviously evident it was time to return to graduate school. I completed my M.A. in Psychology from Webster University located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


While in New Mexico, I worked in the schools and trained with Theresa Kestly, Ph.D. in Sandtray Therapy. I learned a lot about processing things on a deeper level than just talking. I believe in a balance of left and right brain modalities and am continuously curious about how we can become happier, more integrated people who feel connected. 


After returning to Austin, I worked in the schools before setting off to start my private practice. I have worked every level of school (elementary, middle, high, and alternative). This has given me a wide stretch of experiences with all ages of children, along with the knowledge of how much teachers and parents need support during the educational process. This has become an area of specialty, as I help support parents and students navigate the educational system.


While establishing my private practice, I opened up The Burke Center, where many very qualified and talented therapist choose to work. I try to surround myself with people who are curious and adventuresome in their work too. This is currently where I see clients.

In 2009, I was appointed by the Governor of Texas to sit on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC Board). I am proud to have served on that board for over 6 years. During this time, I saw many professionals who veered off track. I learned the importance of staying professionally engaged and continuing to build on my skills.  I use these lessons to help me in Supervision of Interns and staying on track professionally. 


Stemming from my love of sandtray and the need for networking, I co-founded both the Austin SandTray Association and the Texas SandTray Association. These organizations are thriving and are an important way I keep current with research and new ideas regarding this modality.


If you have questions or are curious about aspects of my story, please let me know. I am happy to clarify anything and answer questions.