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Karen Workman, Psychologist, Psychothera[ist, Hakomi Therapist, Reiki MasterKaren Workman is a psychologist and psychotherapist with more than 20 years experience.

Now with practices in Melbourne and Sydney she is a pioneer in bringing together experiential psychotherapy, psychology and spirituality in her work with individuals, couples and families.


Skilled in anxiety disorders, trauma resolution, OCD, Asperger’s Syndrome, depression, relationships and disorders relating to eating and addiction, Karen is known for her warmth and gentle strength. She openly advocates hope and freedom from stigma, self limitation and pain.

Karen is passionate about working with the body as higher intelligence, a resource that unfailingly navigates our journey to wholeness, wellness, and transformation.


Trained in classical humanistic psychology in the 1970s, she began her interest in psychological growth through the lens of the eastern wisdom traditions in the 1980s. During the last twenty years she has been influenced by some of the finest teachers, including Ron Kurtz & Pat Ogden. A master in working with subtle energies, she weaves psychology, mindful self awareness and loving presence creating an elevated focus for psychotherapy. Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy, traditional Gendai Reiki ho, the contemplative approaches drawn from Kashmir Shaivism, yoga and traditional Reikiho are cradled in joyful supportive encouragement.

Areas of Specialisation
Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Eating Disorders & conditions
Trauma Recovery
Unexplained somatic conditions
Experiential Couples therapy
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Suicidal Feelings
Life Threatening Illness
Aspergers Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue
Compulsive Spending
Sexual Abuse
Spirituality / Religion

Professional Interests

For many years, Karen facilitated Hakomi training and workshops in Australia, then continued in 2002 to support the introduction of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma resolution. She is also an avid supporter and qualified teacher of “Right Use of Power”, the heartful approach to power & ethics developed by Cedar Barstow. She has a full time private practice in Melbourne, as well as travelling regularly to teach and offer sessions in Sydney and Brisbane.


Registered psychologist
Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT)
Gendai Reiki Master
Right Use of Power Teacher
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Graduate level 1


Australian Psychological Society( Assoc)
Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.
Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Hakomi Australia Association
Hakomi Institute
Right Use of Power Guild
Registered Psychologist in  Victoria, NSW & Qld
Gendai Reiki Network
Gendai Reiki Network Australia


Board of Directors PRASAD Australia  (

Board of Management Gendai Reiki Network Australia (

Appointments are available in Mebourne and Sydney.

See the Appointments Page for details