Karin Schiemenz, Student Intern

Karin Schiemenz graduated in 2005 with her B.S. in Family Studies from The University of New Mexico. After dedicating herself to raising her four children at home, she has returned to school to pursue an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of St. Thomas in Houston (expected graduation: summer 2024). As part of her graduate education, she is serving as an intern at The Solace Center Sienna, applying the knowledge she is receiving in the classroom to her work with her clients and broadening her understanding of how and where to apply theory to real life.

Karin loves engaging people from all walks of life. She has been intensely curious about “how people work” from the time she was a teenager, and has devoted the majority of her formal and informal education to deepening her understanding of human functioning. However, the book-learning does not compare to the privilege she experiences when sitting one-on-one with another person and being trusted to hold their individual story with care and compassion.

Having experienced the challenging transitions and identity shifts that take place in early adulthood, as well as having supported many other women through this season of life, Karin’s heart is especially aimed at supporting women as they navigate their own identity shifts and challenges in this life stage. She wholeheartedly believes in the positive ripple effect that occurs in the world and through generations when one person actively pursues healing and growth. Her goal is to support each of her clients as they embark on this process by helping them find their unique pathway to wholeness.

Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, somatic awareness, women’s issues, gender dynamics, intimate relationships, human sexuality, parenting, and family systems.

In addition to her university education, Karin has been trained in The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress™, and is a member of Postpartum Support International. Additionally, she has received training in DBT, rape crisis intervention, and the enneagram of personality.


Supervised by Erica Bruce, LCSW-S, Student Intern

Karin Schiemenz

Student Intern