Dr. Karen S. Severns, PsyD, LCSW


EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

Greetings. My name is Karen (Vassar) Severns, an enrolled member of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Indians, MT and a descendant of Gros Ventre and Yankton Sioux Tribe. I obtained my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Cal Southern, Master’s degree from Boston College School of Social Work, Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University, TX and an Associates in Psychology from the University of Alaska. I have also had practical and extensive experience in Behavioral Health Services, Protective Services, Social Services, Disaster Services, Drug and Family Court Services, Guardian Ad Litem (CASA), Mental Health Counseling and emergency services. I am also a former Assistant Professor of Social Work and taught a Family Law Guardian Ad Litem class at the University of Idaho Law School. In my spare time, I volunteer for the American Red Cross and have deployed on a number of national disasters to include 9-11, the Pentagon, Super storm Sandy in New York and the California wildfires to name a few. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, a licensed Advanced Chemical Addiction Dependency Counselor, with clinical supervision designation and a Certified Court Manager (CCM) from the National Institute of Court Management in Williamsburg, VA. I am also a Grief Recovery Specialist, certified in EMDR and have authored over 50 government, private, pass through and foundation grants. I am very honored to be serving my relatives on the Colville Nation! Miigwech (thank you)!

Education & Experience

Clinical Psychology, California Southern University Masters of Social Work, Boston College

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Disaster Mental Health Volunteer/American Red Cross

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Couples
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • Residential Treatment Facility
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • HCSC
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Magellan Health
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealth
  • WellPoint