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  • Brigitta Karelis, M.A., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado.


  • She completed a Diplom (equivalent to an MA) in Paedagogik at the Philipps University in Marburg, in her native country, Germany, in 1991.

  • Moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1994 and completed an M.A. in Somatic Psychology at Naropa University in 1997.

  • Has maintained a private practice in Boulder, Colorado, since 1997.


  • Taught for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in the US, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Australia for 20 years, from 1999 until 2019.

  • Served as adjunct faculty at Naropa University from 2000 until 2012.


  • Led workshops on Trauma and Boundaries, and on Vicarious Trauma.

  • Co-hosted "Coping with Community Trauma: A Free Workshop for Those Affected by the Aurora Tragedy", with Pat Ogden, in 2012.

  • Presented "Creating a Supportive Environment - Recognizing Signs of Traumatization and Fostering Integration" at the Wardenburg Health Center, University of Colorado, in 2017.

  • Has worked with many kinds of trauma, including the deep pain that can come from misrecognition: standing strong in your goodness, truth, and dignity, when faced with bias and negative projections.

  • Outside of her therapeutic practice, she has worked with young adults, political refugees, in elder care, and with hospice clients.


  • In November 2017 she received a request for information and guidance for someone who had been injured during a traumatic event and wrote a letter to them. In November 2018, after the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, she decided to make this letter public. You may read the "Letter to a Survivor of a Recent Trauma" here.

  • Through being with oneself fully, and allowing even painful experiences with presence, heart, and skill, transformation naturally occurs. Thus, obstacles and difficulties become fuel for deepening and growth, and life becomes a meaningful path. Help on this path can be essential.

Feel free to contact me here.

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